St Lucia Zouks’ Barbadian fast-bowler Tino Best has landed himself in hot water once again.
Following a televised verbal altercation between Best and Barbados Tridents’ Pakistan-born middle order batsman, Shoaib Malik, where the players had to be parted, charges were laid by on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Gregory Brathwaite under the WICB’s Code of Conduct which is the governing code for the CPL.
The confrontation occurred during the Caribbean Premier League match between the Zouks and Tridents at Kensington Oval last night, and following Best’s dismissal of Malik. The two came into physical contact with each other in mid-pitch.
In a media release today the CPL said the charges laid by the on-field umpires were that Best breached Article 2.1.8 of the Code of Conduct which relates to “conduct that either (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute. This is a Level One offence and as a result Best was charged ten per cent of his match fee. Best was also found to have breached Article 2.2.8 of the Code of Conduct which relates to “using language or a gesture(s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player. This is a Level Two offence and Best was charged 50 per cent of his match fee”.
Malik was found to have breached Article 2.2.4 of the Code of Conduct which relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play during an International Match. This is a Level Two offence and Malik was charged 50 per cent of his match fee.
Both players pleaded guilty to the charges laid against them and as a result match referee Denovan Hayles was not required to hold any hearings into the incident and the fines were levied against both players.
Reports are that following that on-field incident at Kensington Oval Best was again involved in another altercation at the team’s hotel, this time with Tridents’ captain Kieron Pollard. Reports reaching Barbados TODAY are that that impasse was also physical.
The CPL, in its media release, confirmed an incident occurred but stated that no one was injured.
“In addition there was a further incident which took place after the match at the players’ hotel. While this is being investigated currently the CPL management can confirm that the incident was minor and no one was injured,” the CPL release stated.
When contacted by Barbados TODAY for details on the incident amid reports that Best had been beaten, Tridents’ media official Philip Spooner declined to comment on the incident.