West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has been fined 15% of his match fee and given one demerit point for questioning a wide decision while bowling during Thursday’s 125 run loss to India.
He was found in breach of Article 2.8 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct, which deals with “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match.”
“The incident occurred in the 42nd over of India’s innings, when Brathwaite protested the umpire’s decision of declaring a wide off his bowling,” the ICC said in a statement.
Brathwaite already had to re-bowl what was supposed to be the final ball of the over after straying down leg, and this time his short ball tried to follow the batsman, Hardik Pandya, who was moving inside the line of the ball to play his shot. Wide was called, and Brathwaite was very unhappy.
The charge was brought against Brathwaite by the game’s umpires, Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth, Michael Gough and Aleem Dar. The Barbadian admitted his offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
Brathwaite now has two demerit points to his name overall. Incidentally, he picked up the first demerit point earlier in the World Cup, for showing dissent after being given out against England on June 14.