ECB Fines Somerset For Indiscipline
The England & Wales Cricket Boad (ECB) has fined Somerset a £5000 fine following five disciplinary breaches in the last 12 months.
Furthermore, captain Marcus Trescothick has been given a suspended two-match ban an Somerset were ordered to pay £500 towards the costs of a hearing.
The ECB Cricket Discipline Panel that met to hear the case comprised Mike Smith, Alan Wadey and Peter Jewell, and an ECB statement explained:
"The Panel was pleased to learn that Somerset CCC had internal disciplinary procedures in place and had spoken to players after each incident.
"The Panel noted that Somerset CCC was embarrassed and apologetic that the Club’s conduct had resulted in a disciplinary hearing and that measures to strengthen their internal procedures were already being considered, but ultimately the Panel considered that 5 separate incidents was unacceptable.
"The Panel determined that the appropriate penalty was a £5000 fine, £1000 of which was suspended for 12 months.
"In respect of Marcus Trescothick, the Panel noted that the regulations place a high responsibility on the Captain in respect of the conduct of his players.
"The Panel took into account that Mr Trescothick had not himself been directly involved in any of the offences, that his personal disciplinary record over a period of 19 years was exemplary and had attempted to instil good discipline within his team but had been let down by his team.
"The Panel determined that the appropriate penalty was a 2 match suspension, itself suspended for a period of 12 months."
Somerset CCC was ordered to pay £500 towards the costs of the hearing.
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