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5 Times cricketers were banned for weird reasons

This list features four Asians apart from one Australian.

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Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan
Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The rules and regulations are quite strict in cricket. It is a must for any player to abide by the laws of the game. Over the years, we have seen several instances that prove that no one else is above the game. For example, Cricket Australia banned two of its best cricketers, Steve Smith and David Warner for 12 months after the ball-tampering incident. This shows the importance of values and virtues in this sport.

While this is all one side of the coin, there are several cases where the players were banned due to extremely uncanny reasons. Right from former Indian captain Kapil Dev to Pakistan’s legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi, there are several cricketers who faced a ban due to weird reasons. It is quite tough to decipher the logic behind these decisions.

Here are five cricketers who were banned due to weird reasons:

1. Kapil Dev | Playing aggressive cricket

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev. (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev is known for his fitness levels. During his 16-year-long career, the ‘Haryana Hurricane‘ hardly missed a game of cricket. Furthermore, he also led India to their first 50-over World Cup in 1983.

On 132 occasions where he had an opportunity to represent India in Test match cricket, Kapil Dev missed out only once. And that too because he was banned for one match as he tried to play aggressive cricket. In the 1984-85 season, in a Test match against England, he walked in to bat when India’s score was a few runs shy of 100 in the second innings.

While he was expected to take the responsibility and bat sensibly, he decided to unleash his beast mode. Kapil edged the second ball that he faced that ran away for a boundary. He attempted a big shot again off the next delivery and got out. The management was irked by his attitude and blamed him for the loss in the match. Thus, he was banned for one game.

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