ICC reprimands Aaron Finch for using ‘audible obscenities’


Australia captain Aaron Finch found himself in the middle of a stump microphone controversy days before the start of the T20 World Cup, as he was reprimanded by the ICC for using “audible obscenities”.

The incident occurred in the ninth inning for England in Australia’s three-match T20I series opener here on Sunday, when the 35-year-old lost his cool and cursed on-field umpires Sam Nogajski and Donovan Koch after get caught from behind. appeal.

England went on to win the match by eight runs.

“It would have been fucking good to know in time,” Finch said into the post microphone after being left unresponsive by on-field umpires as to whether a Jos Buttler lead had led to goalkeeper Matthew. Wade.

Finch was found to have breached article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to the “use of an audible obscenity during an international match”. The Australian skipper, however, escaped a fine because it was his first offense in a 24-month period, but the ICC added “a point of demerit to Finch’s disciplinary record”. The two referees on the field along with third referee Phil Gillespie and fourth referee Shawn Craig leveled the charge, an ICC statement read.

Finch admitted the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Match Referee Panel, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

Level 1 offenses carry a minimum penalty of an official caution, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.


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