ICC hands Ashley Nurse a demerit point for inappropriate behavior



Dubai, August 7 (TNS):  International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday has rebuked the West Indies off-spinner Ashley Nurse and handed him one demerit point for using inappropriate language during his side’s final T20 match against Bangladesh.

The 29-year-old was found to have breached the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”.

The incident happened in the second over of Bangladesh’s batting when the off-spinner, after being hit for a boundary off the last ball of his opening over, used inappropriate language, which was also picked up on the stump microphone.

After the end of the match, Nurse admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by ICC Match Referees Chris Broad. No formal hearing was required after that.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Nigel Duguid, third umpire Joel Wilson and fourth umpire Leslie Reifer.

It should be noted that level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.