Haoda & Ouma Reprimanded
Papua New Guinea's Raymond Haoda and Kenya's Maurice Ouma have both been reprimanded for using offensive language during their side's opening game in the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2014.
Papua New Guinea won the match by eight wickets but both incidents occurred during Kenya's innings of 249 for nine.
Ouma was dismissed in the 18th over and used offensive language after he was caught in the deep, before, in the 37th over, Haoda, who took four for 50 with the ball, also swore after he dropped a catch off his own bowling.
Both players were charged with a breach of Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match".
The two men admitted the charges and accepted the penalty of a reprimand handed to them by match referee Jeff Crowe.
"The reactions of the players were clearly in breach of the Code, as offensive language has no place on a cricket field," Crowe said.
"Players need to understand the importance of conducting themselves within the spirit of the game."
Papua New Guinea take on Uganda on 16th January while Kenya are next in action when they play Namibia one day later.
Meanwhile, Uganda's Deusdedit Muhumuza has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during his side's defeat to the Netherlands.
He will be allowed to continue bowling during the competition but must have his action analysed by the Uganda Cricket Association, which must provide the ICC with a report within seven days.
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