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Navdeep Saini found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct

ICC penalized Navdeep Saini was for making an unwanted gestures of animated sending off to West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran.

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Navdeep Saini found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct
ICC handed one demerit point to Navdeep Saini for his unwanted gesture. Photo: AFP

Indian pacer Navdeep Saini has been found guilty of  breaching ICC Code of Conduct. As a result the 26-year old has received his first demerit point.

In the second match of the three match T20I series against West Indies at Lauderhill in Florida on Monday, the promising youngster was found guilty of breaching Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for players and player support personnel.

He is, however, penalized for making an unwanted gestures of animated sending off to West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran in the fourth over of the innings.

The ICC press release said,

“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. He has also been handed one demerit point.”

No formal hearing was conducted as Saini admitted to the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe.

On-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Gregory Braithwaite, third umpire Leslie Reifer and fourth official Patrick Gustard levelled the charges against the pacer.

It can be noted that when a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

Saini made his debut in the first match of the series and was named man-of-the-match after his sensational spell of 3 for 17.

Coming into the match particulars, India, on winning the toss and decided to bat first, posted 167 for 5 in 20 overs. Rohit Sharma hit 67.

In reply, West Indies scored 98 for 4 in 15.3 overs before rain forced the play to be suspended. India were declared winners in rain rules.

India will play third and final T20I of the series against West Indies in Guyana on August 6.

 

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