ICC Warns Pak Coach Arthur For Showing Dissent In First Test Against S Africa

Tanuja Saikhom | 1 month ago

Pakistan cricket coach Mickey Arthur was handed an official warning and one demerit point for showing dissent during the third day’s play of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion on Friday.

The International Cricket Council in a release stated, “Arthur was found to have violated Article 2.8 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.”

According to ICC, the incident took place in the match, which South Africa won by six wickets. 

In the ninth over of South Africa’s second innings, Arthur entered the TV umpire’s room and showed dissent at TV umpire Joel Wilson’s decision by first questioning him and then storming out of the room after Wilson had decided in favor of Dean Elgar.

Elgar, who was battling on four, edged bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi’s delivery and Azhar Ali took a diving catch at the first slip. Then the on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Sundaram Ravi referred to television umpire Wilson.

After examining the replays several times, Wilson ruled the ball had bounced and Elgar was saved. 

The TV umpire’s decision shocked Pakistan camp and the coach was seen going into the office of match referee David Boon.

“Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points,” the ICC said.

After the match, Arthur admitted the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Boon. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was laid by third umpire Joel Wilson.