Indian bowler Khaleel Ahmed has been found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth ODI between India and West Indies played at the Brabourne Stadium. He has been given an official warning and one demerit point for his provocative actions.
The left-arm bowler claiming figures of 3/13 played an instrumental role in India's comprehensive 224 runs victory over West Indies, to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. However, the pacer who was dropped from the playing XI for the third ODI, might have taken his celebrations a little over the top in the fourth ODI.
The incident happened in the 14th over of the second innings when West Indies were batting. The pacer who was bowling to Marlon Samuels, saw his delivery take an edge of his bat and land in the hands of Rohit Sharma present in the slips. The wicket sparked an aggressive celebration towards the Samuels, which in the eyes of the on-field umpires could have provoked a reaction from departing batsman.
Thus, the Indian bowler was found to violate Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to, "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an international match”
After the match, Ahmed admitted the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was leveled by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Anil Chaudhary, third umpire Paul Wilson, as well as fourth umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
Earlier during the match, Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma had added another feather to his cap by slamming his 21st ODI century. The Hitman bounced back in style as he reached the three-figure mark in just 98-balls.
Enroute to his blitzkrieg knock, Rohit Sharma's innings was laced with 13 boundaries and 1 six. In the process, he also joined an elite club of Indian opening batsmen to have scored the most number of ODI tons. Rohit Sharma sits in second place followed by Sourav Ganguly who both have 19 ODI centuries to their names, while the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar occupies top spot with 45 centuries.