Dwayne Bravo fined for criticising umpires

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for publicly criticising an umpiring decision.

Bravo, after the second one-day international against England at The Oval, criticised the lbw decision held against Chris Gayle.

“It’s okay, umpires do make mistakes — that’s accepted — but not when they see the referral as well and realise they’ve made the wrong decision and then stand by it,” said Bravo.

“It was a game-changing moment, and it was always difficult then to get a big total. If the decision had gone a different way, it might have been a different ball game.”

Bravo was charged with a Level 1 offence, contrary to clause 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players or Team Officials which covers inappropriate public comment.

Bravo pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction so there was no need for a formal hearing.

Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, explaining his decision, said: “Dwayne unfortunately went over the mark in describing the Chris Gayle decision and used comments that criticised both the on-field and TV umpire.”

All Level one breaches carry a minimum penalty of warning/reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of the match fee.

West Indies lost the match and the series 2-0. The third game in Leeds on Friday was washed out by rain without a ball being bowled.

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