West Indies head coach Stuart Law has been suspended by the ICC for the first two ODIs against India, the world cricketing body confirmed in a statement. This means the visitors will be without the services of their coach for the ODIs in Guwahati and Visakhapatnam respectively, after the former Australian cricketer was found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.
It is believed that the charges leveled against Stuart Law, comes as result of his improper comments made against the third umpire during the second Test in Hyderabad. Apart from being banned, the West Indies coach has been fined 100% of his match fees and was handed three demerit points, the ICC press release stated.
During Sunday’s play in the Hyderabad Test, Law was found guilty of breaching Level 2 Article 2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an International Match or any Player, Player Support Personnel, Match Official or team participating in any International Match, irrespective of when such criticism or inappropriate comment is made," the statement by the ICC read.
The incident happened during Sunday's play when Stuart Law, went to the TV umpire’s room and made inappropriate comments, following the dismissal of Kieran Powell. He then walked to the fourth umpire’s area and, in the presence of the players, again directed inappropriate comments at the fourth official.
The charges were leveled by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Ian Gould, third umpire Nigel Llong, all from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, and fourth official Nitin Menon.
Earlier, Sri Lankan batting maestro Sanath Jayasuriya had been charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Control's Anti Corruption Code. The charges against the explosive batsman come as a result of Jayasuriya's failure to cooperate with the investigation conducted by the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACU), the cricket governing body said in a statement.
The ICC's ACU acting comes as a result of the lead given by the Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera, who conducted a sting operation to crack down corruption in cricket. Earlier this year, the channel had launched the documentary for public viewing.