Rising Pune Supergiant has been on a winning spree and the team has revived their hopes of playing in the playoffs after a four wickets win over Kolkata Knight Riders the other day.
Though the victory has bolstered the team, the mix-up in the jersy by RPS player Daniel Christian had dampened the mood of the team. It is expected that Christian has to face disciplinary actions for failing to stick on to the IPL rules.
In the last match against KKR, Christian, who came out to bat after Rahul Tripathi got out, was seen wearing a jersey which had Ben Stokes' name on it.
However, Christian could be in a spot of bother for violating IPL’s Clothing and Equipment Regulations. Under that section and sub-section E) Player Identification.
The rule states:
Player Identification is the player’s name and number as displayed on his Cricket Clothing.
E.1 Playing Shirt and Sweaters:
"A player’s name and number must correctly reflect the identity of the player and must be positioned on the Playing Shirts and Playing Sweaters as indicated in Diagram B."
"The player name and number must be entirely visible when the Playing Shirt is tucked into the Playing Trousers. There must be ample space between each letter and between the name and the number so that both name and number are clearly legible. The name must be positioned so as to not cross over any seams on the shirt."
"Letters and numbers will be provided to franchises by BCCI as .EPS files in a variety of colours as shown in “letters and numbers” in Appendix I of these Regulations. Each number should be Hindu Arabic and be between 23cm to 28cm in height. Each letter should be from the English alphabet and be at least 5cm in height. If the design of the Playing Shirt is such that the name or number needs to be resized in order to comply with these Regulations, the franchise can seek BCCI approval to reduce the size of either the letters or the number or both. These may only be resized in scale (i.e. produced in the sizes given but their proportions should not be altered)."
"A custom cut of the font “alinea incise” is used for the letters in a player’s name. A custom cut of the font “franklin gothic” is used for the numbers. The “batsman icon”, which is the part of the VIVO IPL Competition Logo featuring a batsman, must be included in the bottom section of each of the numbers."
"A player’s Playing Shirt number may be any number from “1” to “999”. Each player’s number shall be unique within the franchise playing squad. Subject to approval of BCCI, a franchise may elect one player in its playing squad to have no number on his Playing Shirt."
"Names must be positioned below the number on the back of the Playing Shirt.
The names and numbers must not contain any advertising elements or brand names. With BCCI approval, nicknames may be used in place of family names.
Subject to BCCI approval, a player may change the number on the jersey. Any changes to a squad member’s number after the opening match of the season need to be advised 24 hours before a team’s next match."
With Christian admitting the jersey faux-pas, according to Appendix 2 – Disciplinary Process, Article 4 – Sanctions, the situation may play out like this:
4.1 Where the player, support staff or franchise (as appropriate) admit the offence and accede to the sanction proposed in a Notice of Charge in accordance with Article 2.4.1 then the sanction imposed shall be as set out in such Notice of Charge.
4.2 Where a matter comes before the BCCI Chief Executive Officerin accordance with either Article 2.4.2 or 2.4.3, and he/she determines that anoffence under these Regulations has been committed, he/she will be requiredto impose an appropriate sanction on the player, support staff or franchise (as appropriate).