International Cricket Council (ICC) has handed Team India’s young fast bowler Navdeep Saini with one demerit point for his antics on the field during the first T20I game in Florida. Saini impressed in his international debut during the first T20I against West Indies claiming three wickets for 17 runs.

Saini sanctioned by ICC

Navdeep Saini gave a wild send-off to West Indies batter Nicholas Pooran after claiming his first international wicket. Pooran had struck Saini for a four and a six in the first two balls of the over before the young pacer came back to dismiss the southpaw. The wicket extracted a wild gesture from Saini which violated Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to using actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon their dismissal.

Navdeep Saini Handed One Demerit Point For His Send-Off To Nicholas Pooran
Navdeep Saini (Credits: Twitter)

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On-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Gregory Braithwaite, third umpire Leslie Reifer and fourth official Patrick Gustard levelled the charges against Navdeep Saini. The 26-year-old Saini has admitted to the offence and accepted the charge levied on him by match referee Jeff Crowe. As a result, there was no need for a formal hearing.

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Meanwhile, speaking about the series, India have sealed the three-match T20I series beating them by 22 runs in a rain-marred encounter in the second game with one match still to go. Chasing 168 runs set by India, West Indies managed to post 98 runs for the loss of four wickets in 15.3 overs before the rain came pouring down. The umpires had to call off the game which ensured India’s series win with one match still to go. Navdeep Saini didn’t have a great game returning wicketless for 27 in his three overs. He will look to finish the tournament on a high in the third match on August 6 in Guyana.

Ankush Das

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