RCA to file criminal complaint against Warne

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne is in for more trouble. The Rajasthan Cricket Associtaion (RCA) Sunday decided to file a criminal complaint against the Australian for allegedly using offensive language against its secretary Sanjay Dixit.

Warne has apologised for his behavior and Rajasthan Royals CEO Sean Morris has said that disciplianry action will be taken against him.

There was, however, no respite for Warne. The RCA Legal Affairs Committee, which met here Sunday said "they considered the letter of Sean Morris, but were unable to take congnizance in the absence of any details".

"It was, accordingly, decided to file a criminal complaint under IPC sections against Shane Warne and others at the earliest," RCA said in a statement Sunday.

The incident happened after the Rajasthan Royals match against Bangalore Royal Challengers Wednesday. RCA said Warne "insulted and abused" Dixit, who did not pay heed to his repeated requests for changing the pitch. RCA had lodged an official complaint with IPL against Warne.

On Saturday, Morris e-mailed Dixit that the franchise will take disciplinary action against Warne after an internal probe found him guilty. "The player (Warne) has accepted the action that we have taken and apologised for any distress caused," Morris said.

Also in RCA’s firing line is former Australian Test batsman turned TV commentator Dean Jones, a cricket expert with a television channel.

"The matter of Dean Jones stating on NDTV that RCA should lick Shane Warne’s feet was considered. The remarks were taken to be a direct insult to RCA as an institution," the RCA statement said.

"RCA lawyers team will examine any other implcations of this obnoxious statement and take appropriate action to file a criminal complaint under IPL sections and also go for civil action."

In 2006, Jones was sacked by his employers, Ten Sports, after being heard calling Hashim Amla a "terrorist" on live television while commentating during the Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Colombo. Jones was heard saying "the terrorist has got another wicket".

RCA said it has formed another committee to probe Warne’s claim that they got the pitches of their desire in the earlier editions. "As for the admission of pitch-fixing by Shane Warne, the commitee formed would go into all aspects of the pitch preparation in the first edition of IPL."

Warne, who was upset at the pitch being changed for their Chennai Super Kings match this season, claimed they always got the surface of their choice.

The IPL had clarified that the decision on the pitches are taken by BCCI’s Grounds and Pitches Committee. "The wicket used in the match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals was as per the decision of the curator and the Ground and Pitches Committee. This decision was taken in the best interests of the game," it said.(IANS)

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