London - Ben Stokes of England has been fined 15 percent of his
match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Test against
Bangladesh in Mirpur on Sunday.
Stokes was found to have violated Article 2.1.1 of the ICC
Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to
'conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game'.
The incident happened during the morning session’s play on
Sunday when Stokes ignored the on-field umpires’ repeated requests and
instructions to stop by continuing to verbally engage with Bangladesh batsman
The on-field umpires had also advised England captain
Alastair Cook of Stokes’ actions, but the player didn’t comply with the instructions.
Cook was displeased with the fine, saying the umpires jumped
the gun, and that the players were being entertaining more than anything
He said: "I do find it a little bit frustrating. Both
Sabbir and Stokesy are very competitive cricketers. To me, people love it.
That's what people watch.
"Sometimes I believe the umpires can get involved too
quickly, and then it blows up even more. When umpires get involved it can drag
it out and brings more theatre to it than you need."
In addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of
Article 2.1.1, one demerit point has been added to Stokes’ disciplinary record.
If Stokes reaches four or more demerit points
within a 24-month period, they will be converted into suspension points and he
will be banned. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs
or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.