Birmingham, Jun 12: West Indies' Denesh Ramdin was fined 20% of his match fee following his unusual gesture directed to Sir Viv Richards after scoring his second Test hundred against England in the third Test at Edgbaston on Monday.
Ramdin was charged with a Level 1 offence by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after Tony Hill and Kumar Dharmasena and third umpire Aleem Dar reported the incident.
Ramdin was found to have breached clause 2.1.8 (a), for "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game".
Having breached the clause 2.1.8(a), for "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game", Ramdin pleaded guilty to the offence, as that there was no need for a formal hearing.
"We all understand the importance of celebrating a milestone, however, one should not use that time as an opportunity to hit out at one's critic or send messages to the world," said Roshan Mahanama, the match referee.
"I hope Mr Ramdin has learnt his lesson from this incident and that we will not see such behaviour by him or any player in the future when celebrating an achievement within a game of international cricket."
The wicket-keeper batsman held out a flashing note after scoring his second Test century on Day four of the third Test against England, which read "Yea Viv Talk Nah".
On Day 4 of the third and final Test, since his emotions had boiled over, he celebrated his century in an unusual manner.
"Sir Viv had said something in the press, and I think I got a bit emotional - and it came out the way it did," said Ramdin. "He's a legend of the Caribbean - and I still look up to him. If I see him anywhere, I'll still call him out and have a drink with him."
"He's a legend of the Caribbean - and I still look up to him. If I see him anywhere, I'll still call him out and have a drink with him.
"I have not been getting runs since my return and we are playing against the No.1 Test side in the world and I wanted to do well."
Interestingly, Ramdin had held out a note way back in 2009 as well when he scored his first Test century in Barbados, also against England. But that was to thank his team mate Ramnaresh Sarwan and former West Indies players Ian Bishop and David Williams.