England U19 all-rounder Craig Overton and South Africa batsman Shaylin Pillay have both received an official warning and reprimand for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during their teams’ quarter-final match in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville.
Both Overton and Pillay accepted the Level 1 charges, the sanction proposed for each offence by Roshan Mahanama of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
Overton was found to have breached clause 2.1.2 of the code which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an International Match”. The incident happened in the 31st over when, after his dismissal, the 18-year-old damaged a wall, on his way to the dressing room, with his bat.
Meanwhile, Pillay was found to have breached clause 2.1.1 of the code which relates to “breach of the ICC’s Clothing and Equipment Regulations during an International Match”, the charge was brought by on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and S. Ravi as well as third umpire Enamul Hoque and fourth official Ranmore Martinesz.
“With regards to Craig’s offence, he has apologised for his actions and must now learn from this incident. As an aspiring senior level cricketer he must understand he is a potential role model for future cricketers and there is no place for these type of actions at a global event or any other for that matter,” said Mr Mahanama.
Referring to Pillay’s charge, Mr Mahanama said: “The teams have been educated and warned on their clothing and equipment and we have encouraged them to consult with match officials if they are uncertain on the regulations. I hope this serves as a warning to Mr Pillay and the other teams whilst they remain in the tournament that they must adhere to these regulations.”
As Overton and Pillay accepted the offences and proposed sanctions, there was no need to convene a formal hearing. All Level 1 breaches for this event carry a minimum penalty of a reprimand. As with other breaches at this level, the ICC Match Referee’s decision is final and binding.