Ronnie Hira here today, maybe gone tomorrow?

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 24/12/2013
Ronnie Hira
DANIEL TOBIN/Fairfax NZ
BANNED: Lancaster Park-Woolston and Canterbury cricketer Ronnie Hira is pictured bowling in the match last weekend from which the incident arose.

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Ronnie Hira is available to play for Canterbury in their domestic Twenty20 match on Friday despite initially being banned until the end of the year for abusing spectators during a club game.

Hira, 26, was banned by Christchurch Metro Cricket after reacting to spectator taunts during the club final on December 15, but the original ban - until December 31 - now appears to be suspended.

It is understood the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association have stepped in, questioning the authority of Christchurch Metro Cricket, a sub-association of Canterbury Cricket and their ability to ban players from playing professional cricket.

Neither Metro Cricket boss Mike Harvey nor Players' Association head Heath Mills returned calls yesterday.

Hira, however, confirmed his ban had been lifted until January 13 when another hearing takes place to discuss the penalties.

That makes him available for the Wizards' T20 match against Wellington in the capital on Friday and three more matches, including two at Hagley Oval.

He would also be available for his Lancaster Park-Woolston club team on January 11, but unlikely to play as that match is between two domestic T20 games.

In the unlikely event of Canterbury making the playoffs - they're winless from four matches - Hira could miss the knock-out games should he face further suspension.

Meanwhile, another LPW player was also suspended in the club final.

Captain Brent Findlay, who has played for Canterbury, was suspended for two playing days for "the use of language that was deemed to be offensive" after an umpire turned down an appeal, according to Metro.

It is understood Findlay thought he had East Shirley captain Tim Papps caught behind, but the appeal was declined and Findlay reacted.

Metro said the ban of two playing days - December 21 and January 11 - was more severe than it could have been because it was Findlay's second offence within 12 months.

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