24th May: Mumbai Indians v R. Royals, 14:30 GMT
24th-28th May: 2nd Test, Headingley
Fast bowlers Kemar Roach of the West Indies and Dale Steyn of South Africa have been handed heavy punishments in the wake of ugly scenes during the third and final Test match between their countries in Barbados.
Roach has been fined 50 percent of his fee after he was involved in a confrontation with Jacques Kallis on the final day while Steyn has lost the entirety of his match fee after he spat in the direction of Sulieman Benn during the third day. Both men pleaded guilty to the respective charges which were Level One and Two breaches respectively.
“Kemar was involved in an unpleasant altercation in the final overs of the Test where he had to be pulled away by one of his fellow players,” said match referee Jeff Crowe.
“This was after he received warnings from the umpires and so it could easily have been avoided. It was not acceptable behaviour for a player at this or any level of the game and it’s not the first time Kemar has been involved in such behaviour,” he added.
Steyn spat in the direction of Benn after he had been dismissed, by Roach, and he was charged with conduct of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game.
“Dale’s behaviour was entirely unacceptable and he knows that,” Crowe said.
“The fact that he was provoked by Sulieman during his time at the crease helps to explain his actions but cannot excuse them. Test cricket can be an examination of one’s emotions as well as skill and players must learn to keep those emotions in check sufficiently to play within the spirit of the game. This was an ugly moment of which I’m sure Dale is not proud,” he said.
South Africa went on to win the match by seven wickets and take the series 2-0.
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