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HAMILTON, Bermuda - Hard-hitting batsman Lionel Cann has been sent home in disgrace from Bermuda's tour of Kenya for showing serious dissent to an umpire in a weekend match, the Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Wednesday.

Cann was slapped with a two-match one-day international (ODI) ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for refusing to walk when given out LBW during an ODI against the hosts on Saturday.

The BCB's additional punishment of Cann leaves the island with a serious lack of front-line batsmen as 24-year-old opener Stephen Outerbridge has already been ruled out of the rest of the tour to Kenya and the United Arab Emirates because of cartilage damage to his right knee.

Cann had to be forced off the field by team captain Irving Romaine and was also reported for smashing a trash bin on the way to the dressing room where he could be heard shouting.

"This ban should serve as a message to players that this type of behaviour is not allowed," Mike Proctor, the South African matchreferee said.

"Such acts are completely unacceptable and on that basis I found the player guilty of the Level 2 offence.

"Cricket is a sport which teaches us discipline and respect for an umpire's decision. Anyone associated with this game has to respect its values and Laws and anyone being disrespectful has to be penalised."

BCB president Reggie Pearman expressed disappointment but defended the punitive actions against Cann, who is player/coach of club side St. David's.

"I am disappointed about what happened because Lionel should be setting an example for everybody. The BCB is not condoning what he did.

"Basically, he should have walked because sometimes decisions go in your favour and other times they don't," Pearman said.

The BCB has decided not to call up a replacement for Outerbridge for the four-day Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya starting on Thursday.

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It's not only exceptionally poor behaviour, but extremely selfish! As a senior member of a team, you have an obligation to lead by example.

Unfortunately, players like Viv Richards don't help in cases like this. Viv actually received a two year ban for refusing to leave the crease after being dismissed for a duck. Great batsmen - exceptionally poor sportsman. Personally, I've never liked his public persona.
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