Cape Town - West Indies coach Stuart Law has been
suspended for his side’s upcoming two One-Day Internationals against India
following a breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.
The ICC confirmed on Tuesday that Law had received a 100 per
cent match-fee fine and three demerit points. This means his accumulated demerit
pints reached four within a 24-month period leading to the two-match
The incident in question happened during Sunday’s play in the Hyderabad
Test against India, and Law was found guilty of breaching Level 2 Article 2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct, 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”.
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.
Therefore, Law has been suspended from
the October 21 and 24 ODIs against India in Guwahati and Visakhapatnam,
The incident on Sunday afternoon
happened when Law, following the dismissal of Kieran Powell, went to the
TV umpire’s room and made inappropriate comments. He then walked to the fourth
umpire’s area and, in the presence of the players, again directed inappropriate
comments at the fourth official.
On Monday, Law admitted the offence and
accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel
of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charges were leveled by on-field
umpires Bruce Oxenford and Ian Gould, third umpire Nigel Llong, all from the
Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, and fourth official Nitin Menon.