India player Suresh Raina has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during his team’s second Test against the West Indies in Barbados.
Raina was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse”.
After play concluded on day one, the left-handed batsman pleaded guilty and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
The offence took place in the 56th over of the India innings when Raina was caught off the bowling of Devendra Bishoo. The batsman shook his head to indicate that he did not hit the ball which seemed to be an attempt to influence the umpire’s decision. On being given out he looked to the sky in disgust and then after picking his bat up from the ground swung it at the dirt as well as shaking his head again.
“What Suresh did was a clear breach of the code, something the player himself has accepted. There is a fine line between showing disappointment at a dismissal and demonstrating dissent but on this occasion Suresh was well over that line and his behaviour was unacceptable,” said Mr Broad.
All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee. The charge was brought by on-field umpires Asad Rauf and Ian Gould as well as third umpire Gregory Brathwaite and fourth official Norman Malcolm.