Windies captain Jason Holder has been officially reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being found guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct.
The incident happened on the fourth day of the second Test between England and West Indies at Headingley, Leeds. The Windies captain was found guilty of swearing at his fellow teammates twice during the 70th over of England’s second innings, an event which was audible enough to be heard by the two on-field umpires. Holder was left visibly frustrated after Kieran Powell dropped a simple chance of Dawid Malan off his bowling at first slip. The batsman was on 32 at that time and went on to score 61.
Holder’s offence was a breach of Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. In addition to the reprimand, Holder was also awarded one demerit point.
If Holder logs in four or more demerit points within the span of a 24-month period, the demerit points will be converted into suspension points, which will result in a ban – pursuant to Article 7.6 of the ICC code.
The charge was levelled by the two on-field umpires, Sundaram Ravi and Chris Gaffaney, third umpire Marius Erasmus, and fourth umpire Nick Cook. No formal hearing was needed as Holder admitted to the offence and accepted the sanctions imposed by ICC match Referee, David Boon.
Breaches under Level 1 carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand or a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee – as well as one or two demerit points.