Jayden Seales, the West Indies fast bowler, has copped a reprimand from the ICC officials for breaching the level of the Code of Conduct in the ongoing first Test against Pakistan at Kingston, Jamaica. The incident happened on day one of the first Test match.
West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and decided to bowl first. Pakistan managed to put up 217 runs on the board majorly thanks to Fawad Alam’s 56, Faheem Ashraf’s 44, and captain Babar Azam’s 30. For the home side, Jayden Seales (3/70) and former captain Jason Holder (3/26) were the picks of the bowlers, while Kemar Roach picked two wickets as well.
Jayden Seales Cops One Demerit Point For Use Of Inappropriate Language
While Seales impressed with his pace and picked three wickets in Pakistan’s first innings, he was also found in breach of Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Using language, actions or gestures which disparage, or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”
The incident happened on day one of the Test match when Seales dismissed Pakistani batsman Hassan Ali and used inappropriate language towards Hasan which could have provoked an aggressive reaction from him.
“In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Seales, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period,” ICC stated in an official release.
Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction, which was approved by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. The charge was leveled by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson, Nigel Duguid, and TV umpire Leslie Reifer.
Since Seales pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of a fine of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.