Ravichandran Ashwin Makes Swift Return to Cricket Field: ICC Regulation Unveiled


Amidst heartfelt concerns, senior Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin swiftly resumed his role on the cricket field during the post-tea session of the third Test against England. His sudden departure to Chennai to attend to his ailing mother had raised questions about potential penalties, but Ashwin’s comeback unfolded without any ‘Penalty time,’ as elucidated by the ICC regulations.

ICC’s clause 24.3.2 delineates that a player’s absence won’t trigger Penalty time if deemed acceptable by umpires for reasons beyond illness or internal injury. Ashwin, arriving in Rajkot on Sunday afternoon, quickly immersed himself in practice during the tea break, signaling his readiness to contribute.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officially confirmed Ashwin’s return during the first session of the fourth day, highlighting his brief hiatus due to a family emergency. The BCCI statement expressed mutual satisfaction between Ashwin and the team management regarding his prompt reintegration into the squad.

Acknowledging the collective support extended during Ashwin’s challenging time, the BCCI applauded stakeholders for prioritizing empathy and understanding. Former India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik, in his on-air commentary, hinted at Ashwin’s imminent return, underscoring the anticipation surrounding the stalwart’s comeback.

As Ashwin resumes his cricketing duties, both he and his family have requested privacy while navigating through these demanding circumstances. Their appeal resonates with the overarching sentiment of solidarity and compassion exhibited by the cricketing fraternity during moments of personal adversity.

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