The International Cricket Council on Tuesday (October 16) suspended West Indies’ head coach Stuart Law for the upcoming two ODIs against India after he violated the ICC Code of Conduct. Law received a 100 percent fine and three demerit points for his offence and since his accumulated demerit points reached four within a 24-month period, he was handed the two-match suspension.
During the second against India in Hyderabad, Law was found guilty of breaching Level 2 Article 2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, 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”.
“As Law had received a 25 percent fine and one demerit point during the final day’s play in the Dominica Test against Pakistan in May 2017, with the addition of these three demerit points, he has reached the threshold of four demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have now been converted into two suspension points,” ICC said in a statement.
The incident on Sunday afternoon occurred when Stuart Law, following the dismissal of Kieran Powell, went to the TV umpire’s room and made inappropriate comments. Subsequently, he walked to the fourth umpire’s area and again directed comments at the official which were uncalled for.
As per the ICC report, Law has admitted his offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad – the ICC Match Referee – and thus there was no need for a formal hearing. The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Ian Gould, third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth official Nitin Menon.
Law has been suspended from the Guwahati and Visakhapatnam ODIs, scheduled to be played on October 21 and October 24 respectively.
(With ICC inputs)