The ICC World Cup 2019 has been a tournament less marred by controversies. Especially when it comes to players’ conduct on the ground, this World Cup has been one of the best in history. However, there were a few instances where the players earned the authorities’ wrath and the India-West Indies match in Manchester on Thursday saw one of those.
Caribbean all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who became a tragic hero in the match against New Zealand the other day, was fined 15 per cent of his match fee against India for “showing dissent” during the game.
The 30-year-old all-rounder, who slammed his first international century as well as his team’s only three-century figure thus far in this World Cup against the Kiwis, was found to have violated Article 2.8 of the ICC code of conduct. This article finds the act of “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match” offensive.
One demerit point was also to the Barbados cricketer’s disciplinary record, taking his total demerit points since the start of the revised code in 2016 to two, Hindustan Times cited reports as saying. Brathwaite couldn’t hold his cool when the umpire called a wide off his bowling and protested. It was in the 42nd over of the Indian innings. MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya were batting at that time to put up a decent partnership that took India to 250. India finished with 268 for 7 and then bowled the West Indies out for only 143 to win by 125 runs. The defeat also put the two-time champions Caribbeans out of the fray.
Carlos Brathwaite accepts the offence
Brathwaite later admitted the offence and accepted the sanction which was proposed by Chris Broad, one of the elite match referees of the ICC. The charges against the West Indian were levelled by the two on-field umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth and TV umpire Michael Gough and fourth umpire Aleem Dar. It should be mentioned here that India captain Virat Kohli was fined 25 per cent of his match fee in the game against Afghanistan after he had shown dissent over a verdict on leg before by the TV umpire that had gone to the opponents’ favour.