Foster banned, Essex fined
Skipper pays price for county's indiscipline
Last Updated: 05/07/11 7:12pm
Foster: two-match suspension
Essex captain James Foster has received a two-match ban from first team fixtures after a spate of disciplinary offences at his club.
A cricket discipline commission panel, convened to hear England and Wales Cricket Board charges against Essex, also ruled the club must pay a fine of £5,000 after five or more of their players transgressed over the past 12 months.
The ECB's policy of fixed-penalty offences regularly results in points being accrued by players - typically for dissent towards officials or abuse of fixtures and fittings.
But this is the first time the disciplinary panel has been required to investigate and rule separate punishment or otherwise is in order.
"We are disappointed that Essex had taken no prompt action following umpires' reports on misconduct of players," read a statement released by the panel.
Essex last week fined their captain for dissent against umpires David Millns and Trevor Jesty during last month's Friends Life t20 match against Surrey at The Oval.
But the panel statement noted: "No management policy to safeguard against potential future incidents is in place.
"We feel the appropriate penalty is a fine of £5,000."
With regard to Foster, it added: "The regulations make it absolutely clear that the captain is responsible for discipline on the field and ensuring no repetition occurs.
"We have taken into account the penalty imposed by Essex on the captain for his misconduct.
"But in our view the captain's responsibilities are great - and we conclude that, taking all the mitigation into account, the correct penalty for the captain is an immediate two-match suspension from matches in Essex's first Xl programme.
"Essex are ordered to make a £300 contribution towards the costs of the hearing."