IND v WI 2018

West Indies coach Stuart Law banned for Two ODIs

MUMBAI (Reuters) – West Indies head coach Stuart Law has been suspended for the first two one-day internationals of the series against India following his public criticism of match officials during a recent test match between the sides in Hyderabad.

The Australian received a 100 percent fine of his match fees and three demerit points for breaching the International Cricket Council s code of conduct during the Caribbean side s 10-wicket loss to India, the ICC said in a statement.

Law, 49, was carrying one demerit point from a previous sanction during the Dominica test against Pakistan in May 2017 and with the addition of three more, it automatically led to his suspension from ODIs in Guwahati and Visakhapatnam.

He will be available for the final three contests of the five-match series.

“The incident on Sunday afternoon happened when Stuart Law, following the dismissal of Kieran Powell, went to the TV umpire’s room and made inappropriate comments,” the statement from the governing body said.

“He then walked to the fourth umpire s area and, in the presence of the players, again directed inappropriate comments at the fourth official.”

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, an ICC media release said.

West Indies’ captain Carlos Brathwaite (L) confers with team coach Stuart Law during a practice session at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on March 28, 2017.
West Indies will face Pakistan for the second of four-T20I-match on March 30. Pakistan is leading the series 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD

“As Law had received a 25 per cent 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,” the release further said.

The former Australia batsman pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad as West Indies lost the series 2-0.

Law, who took charge of West Indies in February 2017, will leave his role after the tours of India and Bangladesh to take charge of English county side Middlesex in January.

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