Nepal captain Paras Khadka has received an official reprimand for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s 35-run loss against Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Thursday.
Khadka pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence and accepted the proposed sanction by ICC Match Referee David Jukes. He was found to have breached Article 2 Section 2.1.3 of the ICC Code, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an International Match”.
After being given out in the ninth over, the player rubbed his bat implying that he had hit the ball after being given out LBW. This was considered to be a show of dissent, a fact accepted by the player himself. As Khadka pleaded guilty and accepted the proposed sanction, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charge was bought by on-field umpires Ian Ramage and Roger Dill and third umpire Joel Wilson.
“Accepting the umpires’ decision is part and parcel of playing cricket on this occasion Mr Khadka showed dissent when being given out. I hope this reprimand and warning will remind him to always respect the umpires’ decision,” said Mr Jukes.
All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a reprimand and a warning and, as with other breaches at this level, the ICC Match Referee’s decision is final and binding.