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England's Ben Stokes reprimanded by ICC

Ben Stokes now has three demerit points
Ben Stokes now has three demerit points

International Cricket Council (ICC) has reprimanded England all-rounder Ben Stokes following a breach of conduct during the second day's play against West Indies in Headingley.

The incident happened during the 101st over in West Indies' innings when Stokes made an inappropriate comment as a result of his delivery edged to third man boundary by Shai Hope.

As a result, the Durham all-rounder was found breach of Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”.

Apart from the reprimand, Stokes was also slammed with one demerit point which adds to his tally of existing two, that was handed over to him earlier. A total of four or more demerit points in a span of two years will lead to a suspension of one Test match or two One-Day Internationals or two Twenty20 Internationals.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Sundaram Ravi, third umpire Marais Erasmus, and fourth umpire Nick Cook and since Stokes pleaded guilty, there was no requirement for a formal hearing.

West Indies ended day two with a score of 329 for five, taking their lead over England to 71 runs after Shai and Kraigg Brathwaite slammed centuries.

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