Daryl Mitchell used inappropriate language throughout the first Test between New Zealand and West Indies.© AFP
New Zealand pacer Daryl Mitchell has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) code of conduct throughout the recently concluded first Test match against West Indies. In a observation, the ICC said, “Mitchell was once found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC code, which relates to ‘use of an audible obscenity throughout an international match’. Along with this, one demerit point has been added to his disciplinary record.”
The incident occurred in the 62nd over on Saturday when Mitchell used inappropriate language as Jason Holder was once running between the wickets and in near proximity to him.
Jeff Crowe of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction which was once ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations branch as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. Mitchell pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was once no need for a formal hearing.
The charge was once levelled by on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney, Wayne Knights and TV umpire Christopher Brown.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand defeated Jason Holder-led side by an innings and 134 runs to register their biggest win when it comes to runs against the West Indies at Seddon Park.
With this win, New Zealand have taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. The second one and last Test between the two sides will be played in Wellington from December 11.
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