Gale banned for Champ run-in
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has been banned for the final two matches of the County Championship.
The ban follows an incident during the match with arch-rivals Lancashire at Old Trafford, which Yorkshire eventually won by an innings and eight runs.
With the hosts well behind and battling to save an unlikely draw, Gale exchanged heated words with Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince as the players left the field on Tuesday evening and has consequently been suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The 30-year-old already had six points on his licence having shown 'serious dissent' at being given out by umpire Peter Willey during a County Championship game against Durham in June, and the accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two-year period results in automatic suspension.
The ECB announced Gale's ban in a statement, which confirmed he had been reported by umpires Steve Garrett and Steve O'Shaughnessy "for a level two breach" of ECB directives, defined as "using language or gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature to another player, umpire, referee, team official or spectator".
Gale will miss the next week's potential title-decider against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge beginning on September 9 and the season-ending clash with Somerset beginning on September 23.
The ban means Yorkshire, who hold a 26-point lead at the top of the table, must do without their skipper as they bid to seal a 31st County Championship title.