West Indian pace bowler, Kemar Roach, has been fined 50% of his match fee, after making unnecessary physical contact with Australian bowler Brett Lee, in the fifth ODI at St Lucia.
Roach, pleaded guilty to the Level 2 offence he was charged with by the International Cricket Council (ICC), and accepted the consequences, meaning that there would be no need for a formal hearing.
Andy Pycroft, who is part of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, said: “Kemar accepted his mistake and admitted that his behaviour was over aggressive and inappropriate. I am sure he has learnt his lesson and will be more careful in future.”
The Level 2 offence is contrary to clause 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials, which states: “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play”.
The incident occurred in the 39th over, when Roach first made contact with Lee while he was running for a single, and then for a second time in the same over, when he nudged Lee, while walking back to his bowling mark.
Pycroft, also said: “There is no doubt that Kemar deliberately made physical contact with Brett, not once but twice. This is completely unacceptable as there is no place for physical contact in cricket.”
Roach, was immediately charged by the on-field umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, while Peter Nero of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires, third umpire, Shavir Tarapore, and fourth official, Gregory Brathwaite, all agreed with the decision made.
Pycroft, added that cricket was a game of respect, and that the players needed to remember that they were ambassadors of the sport. “Cricket teaches us to give utmost respect to our opponents at all times irrespective of what the match situation is. This was something which was clearly missing in this particular incident. It is not the sort of example that players should be setting at any time, least of all in a series as high-profile as this one” he said.
The Level 2 breach, carries a minimum penalty of a fine, which is equivalent to 50% of the player’s match fee, while, the maximum penalty that can be imposed is a suspension for two ODIs, two Twenty20 Internationals, or one Test match.