Bravo fined 20% over umpire comments

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Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 13:34 [IST]
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Bravo fined for criticising umpires

Leeds, Jun 23: West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo has been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for criticising the umpires after Chris Gayle's dismissal in the second one-day international against England earlier this week.

Bravo was fined 20% of his match fee for publicly criticising an umpiring decision during the second one day international between West Indies and England.

Gayle, who was out in controversial circumstances turned out to be the turning point of the match according to Bravo, and unable to hold back, the middle-order batsman criticised the officials for terming Gayle out, which was a very close call. Moreover, his dismissal was very crucial, as the opener had scored a half century before he was dismissed by Graeme Swann.

Gayle after scoring 53 off 51 balls, was given out leg before the wicket to England's Graeme Swann, by New Zealand umpire Tony Hill at the Oval, on Tuesday. Since it was a close call, Gayle opted for a review, third umpire Kumar Dharmasena confirmed that it was out after studying it for a few minutes.

After the match, Dwayne Bravo, who scored a 82-ball 77 to help his team post 238/9 in 50 overs, also felt Gayle's dismissal proved crucial.

"The decision did not help also. Chris got off to a very good start and it was unfortunate the way he got out, it actually put us on the back foot. Had the decision gone a different way, it might have been a different ball game," Bravo said.

"It's okay, umpires do make mistakes - that's accepted - but not when they see the referral as well and realise they've made the wrong decision and then stand by it," Bravo told a post-match news conference on Tuesday.

"It was a game-changing moment, and it was always difficult then to get a big total. If the decision had gone a different way, it might have been a different ball game."

Talking about Bravo, match referee Jeff Crowe felt the middle-order batsman's comments criticised the officials.

"Dwayne unfortunately went over the mark in describing the Chris Gayle decision and used comments that criticised both the on-field and TV umpire," said match referee Jeff Crowe, the former New Zealand captain.


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