Abood may also be further sanctioned by the Inner West Harbour Junior District Association if found to have contravened their code of conduct.
A written complaint was made by the St George District Cricket Association alleging Abood had acted in an intimidatory manner to their coach and questioned the coach’s sportsmanship in condoning the appeal.
The SGDCA claim Abood was also critical of calls made during the second innings of the game when the IWHJCA’s team was in the field.
In a statement to The Tonk, Abood, whose son was playing for the IWHJCA, denies claims he used “foul or intimidating language” but accepts he should not have questioned the umpires’ decisions.
There is also conjecture as to whether the umpire had already called “over”, thereby making the ball dead.
The incident has shocked officials from both junior associations who are stunned a person of Abood’s standing in the game set such a poor example to children and fellow umpires. They are also questioning how Abood would have responded if a player had not accepted his decisions.
The verdict did not directly affect the result of the game, which SGDCA won by three wickets with 10 balls to spare, or cost Abood’s son the chance to make a century though it did deny him a not out, which affects his average.
The match was part of the under-13 NSW Youth Championships, an official pathway to higher representative honours in the state’s junior program.
“I accept that I have breached Cricket Australia’s code of conduct and apologise unreservedly,” Abood said in a statement sent to The Tonk.
“My actions on the day reported were not reflective of my usual conduct and attitudes around sport and were a lapse of judgment on my part.
“As a volunteer myself, I am very aware of the sacrifices made by people to ensure junior sport thrives. At no time did I use foul or intimidating language but, given my standing in the game, I should have known better than to question decisions made by the officials on the day.
“Again, I am sincerely sorry for my part in this incident and will work hard to restore my reputation as someone who devotes much of his time to upholding, and seeking to ensure that others uphold, the true spirit of cricket.”
Abbott’s Lamborghini ride with Kohli
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa might have a blossoming bromance with Virat Kohli founded on meat-free eating but has he been out for a spin in the India captain’s Lamborghini Gallado?
Sean Abbott has, back in 2015 when the pair were teammates in the Indian Premier League. And he has the selfie to prove it. No doubt, Abbott would love to catch Kohli driving again over the next six limited-overs games.
Like Zampa, Abbott paints a vastly different picture of the Kohli behind the scenes to the aggressive and competitive Kohli the fans have come to see.
“He’s no different to anyone else,” Abbott said recently. “There were times after training where he’d call me and me and Nic Maddinson up to invite us up for a drink or two with all his mates and all the other guys in the team.
“He was very welcoming. I hadn’t known him or met him before going over and you just see this really passionate person on the field who is very outwardly expressive with his emotions.
“It was nice just to see the other side of him away from cricket, behind closed doors. He looks after the people that are around him and makes sure they’re all OK.”
Zampa with the scoop
Whatever Adam Zampa does this season on the field, he’s already doing better than most of us in the media: he has an exclusive interview in the pipeline with Virat Kohli.
The leg-spinner is in the process of launching a podcast, titled “Rare Air” produced in conjunction with the lads from The Grade Cricketer’s Rare Sports label – and he’s landed some decent names as well, none bigger than the most recognised player in world cricket.
Kohli has agreed to a chat, though finding the time in a busy schedule to actually do it could be problematic.
Also on Zampa’s list are his great mate Marcus Stoinis and national selector George Bailey.
“It’s in the making. I haven’t started it yet, I haven’t interviewed him yet,” Zampa told The Tonk. “Once the bubble relaxes I’ll sink my teeth into that little project. He’s keen to do it. I think it will be a good way to start the channel.”
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Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald