West Indies’ Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels and England’s Ravi Bopara and have been fined for a level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first Twenty20 International (T20I) in Barbados on Sunday.
All three players pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanctions proposed by Andy Pycroft of Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
The incident took place in the 12th over of England’s innings when Bopara, while taking a single, made insulting comments towards Samuels, who responded.
West Indies captain Sammy joined in, also trading insults with Bopara. The exchange only ceased with the intervention of the on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Peter Nero.
For their involvements in the incident, Bopara was fined 25 per cent of his match fee, while Sammy and Samuels were fined 20 and ten per cent respectively.
Besides the on-field umpires, the charge was also laid by third umpire Gregory Brathwaite as well as fourth official Nigel Duguid.
All Level 1 breaches for this offence carry a penalty of a warning/reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine up to 50 per cent of the applicable match fee.
Samuels said after the match Bopara had angered him, but that he had later forgiven the England all-rounder.
“It was a small comment. He said something he shouldn’t say, but in the end he said he was sorry,” Samuels said.
“Ravi is a very wonderful person and I always have a good relationship with him.
“It was probably the heat of the moment that he said something.”
Samuels, who is currently banned from bowling his quicker ball because it is deemed to be an illegal delivery, declined to elaborate further.