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West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for verbally abusing a Bangladesh batsman during the fourth day of the second Test in St Lucia.
Bravo was found guilty of breaching Article Article 2.1.8 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, which relates to “Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.”
According to an ICC release, Bravo had been warned on numerous occasions to stop verbally abusing opposition batsmen, but continued to do so nonetheless.
The charge against Bravo was brought forth by on-field umpires Steve Davis and Richard Illingworth, third umpire Marais Erasmus and fourth umpire Peter Nero.
However, Bravo pleaded not guilty to the charge and a formal hearing was conducted by match referee Roshan Mahanama.
Mahanama found Bravo guilty, and said: “The umpires felt that the player’s behaviour brought the game into disrepute and he was reminded of his responsibilities to extend respect at all times to both his opponent and to match officials.”