ICC Penalises England Fast Bowler James Anderson For Breaching Level 1 Code Of Conduct

| September 9 , 2018 , 19:20 IST

England's fast pace charger James Anderson was fined 15% of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct as he was involved in a heated reaction with umpire Kumar Dharmasena during the second day of the fifth and final Test against India at the Kia Oval, on Sunday.

According to the reports in media, ICC in a statement said that James Anderson was found to have breached Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an International Match".

In addition to this, 1 demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of the fast bowler, for whom it was the first offence since the introduction of the Revised Code in September 2016.

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The incident happened in the 29th over of India's batting innings on Saturday when Anderson snatched his cap and jumper from umpire Kumar Dharmasena and then spoke to him in an aggressive manner following an unsuccessful LBW review against India skipper Virat Kohli.

However, Anderson had admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Joel Wilson, third umpire Bruce Oxenford, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, and fourth umpire Tim Robinson.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee, and one or two demerit points.