Windies batsman Pollard receives reprimand for ICC Code of Conduct breach

January 7th, 2009 - 9:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Wellington (New Zealand), Jan.7 (ANI): West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his sides third ODI against New Zealand at Wellington.
At a hearing that took place after the match on Wednesday, Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees found Pollard guilty of causing damage to a dressing room.
The 21-year-old was found to have breached Level 1.2 of the code which relates to abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, group equipment of fixtures and fittings.
After giving his decision, Mr Srinath said: Pollard damaged the door glass in the dressing room with his bat after he returned to the pavilion after being given out lbw by umpire Mark Benson in the 22nd over of the innings. That is inappropriate behaviour and clearly unacceptable as the players are expected to accept and respect the umpires decision.
The player pleaded guilty to the charge and apologised for his actions to New Zealand Cricket. This apology and the fact he is relatively early in his career were taken into consideration, he added.
According to an ICC media release, all Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of a fine equivalent to 50 per cent of a players match fee. For all Level 1 breaches, the match referees decision is final and binding.
The incident was brought to the attention of the match referee by both New Zealand Crickets cricket administrative manager Tim Murdoch and the West Indies cricket manager Omar Khan.
Srinath reached his decision after a hearing attended by the player, Omar Khan and Murdoch.(ANI)

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