England cricketer Ben Stokes has been given a warning for making “inappropriate” comments after he was dismissed in the third Test against India in Mohali last week.
The all-rounder received an official reprimand for breaking Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first day of the Test.
The incident occurred when Stokes reacted to India’s celebrations following his dismissal for 29 off the bowling of Ravi Jedeja which was heard by the on-field umpires.
Stokes admitted the offence and accepted the sanction which was suggested by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
Madugalle found Stokes to have breached Article 2.1.4 which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match.” As a result he has had one demerit point added to his disciplinary record and if he receives three more within the next two years he will be banned.
However, some commentators are saying that the punishment given to Stokes is unfair. It has been pointed out that he was walking off the pitch disappointed when India player Virat Kohli came out of his team’s huddle and said something which caused Stokes to react. Many are saying that Stokes reaction was quite normal and that Kohli should also take his share of the blame. Instead it has been suggested that both players should receive a small punishment without any official sanction.
England had a disappointing start to the first Test ending the day on 268-8 after winning the toss with Adil Rashid and Gareth Batty at the crease. Jonny Bairstow was the top scorer with 89 while the players Jadeja, Umesh Vadav and Jayant Vadav all took two wickets each for the host team.