20-year old Indian pacer Khaleel Ahmed received an official warning along with a demerit point for his actions during the 4th One Day International (ODI) between India and West Indies in Mumbai. He was found guilty for advancing aggressively towards Marlon Samuels just after dismissing him.
“Khaleel Ahmed has received an official warning and one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during Monday’s fourth ODI against the Windies, which the home side won by 224 runs in Mumbai to lead the five-match series 2-1,” said the International Cricket Council (ICC).
In the 4th ODI against West Indies, Khaleel picked up the wickets of Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell and Marlon Samuels. He picked up 3 wickets in his 5 overs while conceding just 13 runs!
“The India fast bowler, who returned figures of three for 13, was found to have violated Article 2.5 of the Code, which relates to ‘using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an international match’,” added the ICC.
Ahmed admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees. This implies there is no need for a formal hearing of the issue and charges will be levied on the bowler.
The charge on Khaleel Ahmed was levelled by the two on-field umpires Ian Gould and Anil Chaudhary along with the third umpire Paul Wilson and the fourth umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin. India won the game to take a lead of 2-1 in the five match ODI series. The second ODI of the series which was played at Visakhapatnam resulted in a ‘tie’. The fifth and final ODI will be played at Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday (Nov 01).
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