Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian has come under a small scrutiny from the law keepers of the game after he turned out to bat in the wrong jersey. The Australian all-rounder walked out to bat during Rising Pune Supergiants fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders last night wearing teammate Ben Stokes’ jersey.
Christian was wearing his original jersey No. 54 during bowling. However, a silly error saw him rush out to bat wearing Stokes’ NO. 55 jersey. Therefore breaching IPL’s Clothing and Equipment rules. Fans were quick to notice it although he was there in the middle for a short period of time.
Christian admitted the mistake in the tweet which followed the win.
Great win tonight, Tripathi brilliant!! Re the shirt mix up, both mine and Stokesy's shirts were drying out and I grabbed the wrong one!
— Daniel Christian (@danchristian54) May 3, 2017
Here are the rules pertaining to the names of the back of the player’s shirt according to IPL’s Clothing and Equipment Regulations on IPLt20.com. Under that section and sub-section E) Player Identification, here is what the rule says:
E.1 Playing Shirt and Sweaters
“A player’s name and number must correctly reflect the identity of the player and must be positioned on the Playing Shirts and Playing Sweaters.”
Christian may get a disciplinary sanction imposed on him for this blunder. There is no specific action mentioned in the rule book and is totally up to the match official to decide the degree of punishment. While such issues also involve sponsors’ contractual terms and other rules, the only sensible punishment from the viewer’s perspective appears to be a fine and nothing harsher than that for the trivial gaffe.
With Christian admitting the contravention of rules, this is what is likely to happen, according to Appendix 2 – Disciplinary Process, Article 4 – Sanctions:
“4.1 Where the player, support staff or franchise (as appropriate) admit the offence and accede to the sanction proposed in a Notice of Charge in accordance with Article 2.4.1 then the sanction imposed shall be as set out in such Notice of Charge.”
“4.2 Where a matter comes before the BCCI Chief Executive Officer in accordance with either Article 2.4.2 or 2.4.3, and he/she determines that an offence under these Regulations has been committed, he/she will be required to impose an appropriate sanction on the player, support staff or franchise (as appropriate).”
Christian celebrated his 34th birthday by giving the finishing touches by hitting the winning six to seal Pune’s win, their 7th win of the season. This also took Pune to the No. 3 spot in the points table with 14 points. They are currently equal with No. 2 KKR in terms of the points and are separated by only by a small NRR’s margin.
RPS next take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in an away match on May 6.