• Two-match ban for Law

    Coach Stuart Law has been suspended from the West Indies’ first two ODIs – of a five-match series – against India later this year.

    A breach of the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct, during the second Test against the same opposition earlier this month, saw Law fined a 100 percent of the match fee – and earn three demerit points.

    He had previously received a demerit point in May 2017, for a similar infraction during the Test series against Pakistan – and will not be allowed to share the dressing room with the team during late October’s Guwahati and Visakhapatnam ODIs.

    The latest incident occurred when West Indies opener Kieran Powell was caught by slip fielder Ajinkya Rahane. Law contested the ‘out’ decision and, according to an ICC media release, ‘made inappropriate comments and walked to the fourth umpire’s area and, in the presence of the players, again directed inappropriate comments at the fourth official.’

    He was found guilty of breaching Level 2 Article 2.7 of the ICC code of conduct, which relates to ‘public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an International Match or any Player, Player Support Personnel, Match Official or team participating in any International Match, irrespective of when such criticism or inappropriate comment is made’.

    The Australian accepted the offence and sanction. There was, therefore, no need for a formal hearing.

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    Jonhenry Wilson