During his debut match Navdeep Saini, India’s promising pacer, was found guilty of violating Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. He was handed a demerit point in the first T20I against the West Indies, in Florida. In an incident that occurred during the fifth over of West Indies’ innings, where Saini picked up Nicholas Pooran’s wicket, he let off an animated reaction indicating a send-off, and according to officials “could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon their dismissal”.
There would be no formal hearing, however, because the player accepted the offense and sanction laid out by match referee Jeff Crowe. The charges were also listed out by on-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Gregory Braithwaite third umpire Leslie Reifer and fourth official Patrick Gustard.
In another incident, Kieron Pollard received a demerit point and was fined 20% of his match fee. The West Indian all-rounder, against India, had violated Level One of the ICC Code of Conduct in the second T20I game in Florida. He had not followed the umpire’s instructions and therefore was found guilty concerning Article 2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. Even though the veteran cricketer was repeatedly instructed by the umpires that a request has to be made for the substitute, he called for a substitute. Additionally, he was also asked to wait until the next over is completed. A formal hearing will be held by match referee Jeff Crowe since Pollard did not admit the offense. Penalties were, subsequently laid out, when Pollard was found to have made the breach.
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