Guyanese Giddings breaches ICC Code of Conduct


West Indies’ Erva Giddings has received an official warning for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during her side’s five-run defeat against England in the first One-Day International in Jamaica on Saturday.


Giddings 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 accordance with Article 7.3 of the revised Code, which came into effect on 22 September, in addition to the sanction imposed for her breach of Article 2.1.5, one demerit point has been added to Giddings’s record.


Pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, if Giddings reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period her demerit points will be converted into, at least, two suspension points which will equate to a ban from her 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.


The incident happened in the 45th over of the West Indies’ innings when Giddings, after being given LBW, showed her bat to the umpire to indicate that she had hit the ball first.


After the match, Giddings admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by remote match referee David Jukes. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.


The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Nigel Duguid and third official Jacqueline Williams.


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. (windiescricket)


Photo caption: The incident occurred in the 45th over of the West Indies run-chase

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