UAE's Ghulam Shabber fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Ghulam Shabber
Ghulam was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel

The United Arab Emirates’ wicketkeeper Ghulam Shabber has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third ODI against Papua New Guinea in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Ghulam was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”

The incident happened in the 20th over of PNG’s innings. Ghulam appealed successfully for a direct-hit run out of batsman Lega Siaka but a post-match review of TV replays showed that the ball had not hit the stumps and Ghulam had broken the wickets with his gloves.

Ghulam admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Steve Bernard. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Akbar Ali and Shorab Raza and third umpire Ian Dixon.

All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a warning/reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50 per cent of the applicable match fee, and up to two demerit points.

In accordance with Article 7.3, in addition to the sanction imposed, one Demerit Point has been added to Ghulam’s disciplinary record.

Pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, once Ghulam reaches four or more Demerit Points within a twenty-four month period, his Demerit Points will be converted into at least two Suspension Points and thus will equate to a ban from his next match or matches. Two Suspension Points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

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