West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after breaching level one of the ICC code of conduct in the defeat to India at Old Trafford on Thursday. India thrashed West Indies by 125 runs to move to the second place in the points table. With that win India also maintained their unbeaten start to the tournament.
Batting first, India posted 268 for 7 in the allotted 50 overs. Skipper Virat Kohli top-scored for the team, scoring 72 while MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 56 to take the team to a good total on a tough pitch. In reply, West Indies were all out for just 143. Mohammed Shami starred with the ball for the second match in a row, picking up four wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah also impressed with the ball by picking up two wickets apiece.
The day then turned from bad to worse for Carlos Brathwaite as he was found to have breached article 2.8 of the code. The article relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match.” The incident occurred in the 42nd over of India’s innings, when Brathwaite protested the umpire’s decision of declaring a wide off his bowling with Hardik Pandya on strike.
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Brathwaite admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad. Consequently, no hearing will be required. Level one breaches normally carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points added to their disciplinary record.
In this case, one demerit point was deemed appropriate and has consequently been added to Brathwaite’s record. He had already picked up one demerit point for a similar kind of offence earlier in the tournament against England in Southampton on June 14.