Munro suspended due to code of conduct breach

Colin Munro

New Zealand and Auckland all-rounder Colin Munro will miss this week’s match in the domestic first class competition, the Plunket Sheild, after he was found guilty of using ‘inappropriate language’ in Auckland’s previous game against Canterbury, making this his third code of conduct breach in as many years.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said in a statement: “Colin Munro has been suspended from playing in the upcoming eighth round of the Plunket Shield, as a result of a Code of Conduct hearing following the Aces’ previous match, against Canterbury at Eden Park.

“Munro had used inappropriate language in the round-seven fixture and, given his previous record in this area, handed down a one-match suspension.”

The 30-year-old returned to the competition after a string of low scores saw him being dropped from the national team. He was in contention for Ross Taylor’s spot in the Test side recently but a low-grade calf muscle tear eventually saw Niel Broom given the place. His absence in the next match against Northern Districts, starting from March 14, will come as a major blow for Auckland team, who currently sit fourth in the points table.

Munro was also fined $1600 for “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting” while playing the Big Bash League this February.

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