Southee fined after on-field confrontation with Edwards

"Southee neither showed respect to his opponent nor to the umpires, something which has no place in our sport"

“Southee neither showed respect to his opponent nor to the umpires, something which has no place in our sport”

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New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee after getting into an on-field confrontation with West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards on the second day of the second Test in Trinidad.

The incident occurred in the 31st over of West Indies’ first innings when Southee, despite having been warned previously, continued to hurl verbal abuse at Edwards.

Southee pleaded guilty to breaching¬†Article 2.1.8 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, which relates to¬†“conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”.

“Southee’s behavior towards Edwards was unacceptable and contrary to the spirit of the game,” match referee Chris Broad said. “He disregarded the on-field umpires’ previous warnings and continued to engage with Edwards, which required the intervention of the umpires in the middle of the pitch. In doing so, Southee neither showed respect to his opponent nor to the umpires, something which has no place in our sport.”

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