IND vs WI 2nd ODI: Nicholas Pooran punished by ICC for breaching ICC code of conduct: West Indies’ first-ever back-to-back T20I victories over India in a bilateral series were the result of two factors. Their bowling has been one, and Nicholas Pooran has been the other. The former West Indies captain extended his incredible form from Major League Cricket to the ongoing T20I series between India and West Indies, smashing 108 runs in two games, including a counterattacking 67 that single-handedly gave the home team the victory in the second T20I. The great hitter, though, was penalised by the ICC and fined heavily for violating the Code of Conduct during the match in Guyana on Sunday.
Nicholas Pooran violated the Level 1 ICC Code of Conduct during India’s innings and therefore he was penalised 15% of his match fee. Pooran disregarded the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel’s Article 2.7, which deals with public criticism of an incident that occurs during an international game.
The incident unfolded during the fourth over after India made a call to bat first against West Indies. The Caribbean glovesman had criticised the on-field umpires for their LBW decision, which should have been not out. However, the player had to take a review/.
There was no need for a formal hearing because Pooran admitted to the sanctions imposed by match referee Richie Richardson, third umpire Gregory Brathwaite, fourth official Patrick Gustard, and on-field umpires Leslie Reifer and Nigel Duguid.
Along with this, Nicholas Pooran was also handed one demerit point, which will be reflected in his disciplinary records. It was his first infraction in the previous 24 months. Level 1 violations are subject to one or two demerit points, an official reprimand, and a maximum fine of 50% of the player’s match fee.
All-Rounder Hardik Pandya made an early impact on the West Indies chase by taking two wickets in the opening over. However, in spite of the fielding limits, West Indies rapidly gained momentum after Pooran’s counterattacking strokeplay. The hosts were comfortably in the chase thanks to Pooran’s 18 runs in the penultimate over the powerplay, even though West Indies lost a third wicket during the powerplay.
The southpaw struck a match-winning 67 runs knock in 40 deliveries with the help of 6 fours and 4 sixes. For his valiant knock during the IND vs WI 2nd T20I, Pooran was adjudged Player of the Match.
With the win, West Indies went 2-nil up in the series, after having won the first T20I convincingly. The IND vs WI five-game T20I series is currently in the hands of the hosts. India has pushed itself into a do-or-die situation and every game from now on would be crucial in order to keep the series alive.
The IND vs WI 3rd T20I begins today i.e., 8th August in Providence Stadium in Guyana.
For more details head to ICC’s official website.