Stuart Law, the West Indies head coach, was fined 25% of his match fee for a level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the final day’s play of the third Test against Pakistan in Dominica on Sunday (May 14).
The former Australian batsman was penalised for “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision”. The incident took place during the second session of the final day’s play when Shane Dowrich was adjudged caught bat-pad by the on-field umpire off Yasir Shah’s bowling. Subsequently, the wicketkeeper-batsman took the review, but the decision wasn’t overturned by the third umpire.
Law, however, visited the third umpire’s room and questioned the decision. Before leaving the room, he also made an “inappropriate comment” at the third umpire.
Law admitted to his offence after his action was found to be in breach of article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. Hence, there was no need for a formal hearing.
In addition to the fine levied on Law, he was handed a demerit point. The demerit points which came into existence on September 22, 2016, will remain with a player for a period of 24 months.
If Law reaches four or more demerit points within the stipulated period of next two years, it would translate into at least two suspension points and a ban.
As per governing body’s rules, two suspension points would result in a ban from one Test or two One-Day Internationals or two Twenty20 Internationals.