Australia have kicked off their World Cup title defence in the best possible manner. The Aaron Finch-led team handed a crushing defeat to Afghanistan in their first match of the 50-overs quadrennial competition and then sealed a hard-fought 14-run victory over the Windies team. However, amidst the jubilation in the Aussie camp, there is a hindrance has popped up as Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during Match 10 at The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 between Australia and West Indies.
Zampa was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to using audible obscenities in an international match. In addition to the formal warning, one demerit point has been added to Zampa’s disciplinary record.
What actually happened?
The incident occurred at the end of the 29th over of the West Indies innings when Zampa was heard using an audible obscenity by the umpires. Zampa admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Chris Gaffaney, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth official S Ravi levelled the charges.
As per the guidelines, when a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player. Demerit Points to remain on a Player or Player Support Personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of twenty-four (24) months from their imposition following which they will be expunged.
In the highly intense and aggressive battle, Australia kept their winning momentum in-tact with a 15-run victory over the Windies team at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday. This is the second win for Aaron Finch and Co. in this 50-overs quadrennial tournament. Australia’s innings with the bat was divided into two halves, wherein first the Windies bowlers delivered excellent performance to rattle the Aussie top-order quite early.
But then the duo of Steve Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile batted extremely well to power their team towards a pretty challenging first innings total. In the second innings, Shai Hope and skipper Jason Holder did bat nicely to keep the Windies in the hunt, but then Mitchell Starc showed his class by picking up a match-winning five-wicket haul to take the Aussies home.