Dwayne Bravo fined over umpire comments

Bravo criticised officials for dismissal of Chris Gayle in the second ODI against England.

Written by Agencies | Leeds | Published:June 23, 2012 10:03 am

West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo has been fined by the International Cricket Council after criticising officials for the dismissal of Chris Gayle in the second one-day international against England.

Opening batsman Gayle had made 53 in just 51 balls,when he was given out lbw to England off-spinner Graeme Swann by New Zealand umpire Tony Hill at The Oval on Tuesday.

Gayle called for a review but third umpire Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka,after several minutes’ study,decided there was not enough evidence to overturn Hill’s original verdict

It seemed a close call either way as to whether the ball had hit the bat or pad first but the upshot was that Gayle’s exit sparked a collapse that saw the West Indies decline from 63 without loss to 79 for four.

Bravo,who top-scored for the tourists with 77,said the umpires had made a mistake following an eight-wicket defeat that gave England an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

“It’s okay,umpires do make mistakes – that’s accepted – but not when they see the referral as well and realise they’ve made the wrong decision and then stand by it,” Bravo told a post-match news conference on Tuesday.

“It was a game-changing moment,and it was always difficult then to get a big total. If the decision had gone a different way,it might have been a different ball game.”

Bravo’s comments saw him fined 20 percent of his match fee yesterday for a level one offence under the section of the ICC’s code of conduct which covers “inappropriate public comment”. The all-rounder pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction so there was no need for a formal hearing.

“Dwayne unfortunately went over the mark in describing the Chris Gayle decision and used comments that criticised both the on-field and TV umpire,” said match referee Jeff Crowe,the former New Zealand captain.

Friday’s third and final one-day international at Leeds’s Headingley ground was washed out without a ball being bowled.

West Indies conclude their tour with a Twenty20 international against England in Nottingham on Sunday.

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