England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 5th day June 11, 2012

Denesh Ramdin fined for gesture


Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicket-keeper, has been fined 20% of his match fee for his paper-waving protest directed at Viv Richards after reaching his century on the fourth day of the Edgbaston Test. The ICC charged Ramdin with conduct contrary to the spirit of the game and he pleaded guilty to the offence.

"We all understand the importance of celebrating a milestone, however, one should not use that time as an opportunity to hit out at one's critic or send messages to the world," Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, said. "I hope Mr Ramdin has learnt his lesson from this incident and that we will not see such behaviour by him or any player in the future when celebrating an achievement within a game of international cricket."

Immediately after he pushed Tim Bresnan behind square for a single to reach his second Test century, Ramdin removed his helmet, and to the surprise of everyone removed a piece of paper from his right pocket and flashed it aggressively towards the pavilion. The message read: "YEH VIV TALK NAH."

After the days' play, Ramdin revealed he had prepared the note on Saturday morning. He said it was a response to Richards' criticism of his deteriorating form after he had scored only 51 runs and kept wicket inconsistently in the first two Tests. Ramdin later admitted his reaction had been emotional.

Darren Sammy, West Indies captain, said the fine was unfortunate, but that his players respected past achievements. "We as a West Indian team have a lot of respect for our past players especially somebody so great as Sir Viv," Sammy said. "We all take a lot of inspiration from Fire in Babylon which reflects our history. I know Ramdin will probably have a word with him and I hope there is no love lost. And we will move on and continue respecting our great past players."

Michael Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler, had been critical of Ramdin on ESPNcricinfo, saying that Ramdin had crossed the line and should be reprimanded severely.

Sammy settled for backing the ICC fine. "The ICC match referee has done his part," he said. "We are all human beings and things do happen and as a team we support our players. That said we've got to do what is right. Denesh realised he probably overdid it a little bit."

Sammy said he was completely unaware of Ramdin's celebration plans and was actually expecting the Trinidadian, who is a big fan of Chelsea football player Didier Drogba, to slide on the Edgbaston turf. "I was wondering what the celebration would be. I know he is a big fan of Didier Drogba. So I thought he would probably slide. But none of us knew what was coming."

Ramdin has had a piece of paper stored in his pocket each time he has scored a hundred, both of which have come against England. In 2009, at Bridgetown, when he scored his maiden Test century, he unfurled another piece of paper, listing three names: Ian Bishop, David Williams and Ramnaresh Sarwan. It was his vote of thanks for playing a big role in his performance.

The fact was not lost on Sammy. "Probably he should bat with more notes in his pocket," he joked.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • George on June 14, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Richards may have been an exceptional batsman but he was a very nasty person as a player who used to swear ("FO maan"!) at fans and even young children who approached him for his autograph - (haven't come accross him since his playing days, so can't say whether he still swears gratuitously). As for his commentating, he is not very articulate and relies on using the word "individual" heavily and very frequently. He shouldn't be regarded as a god who is beyond criticism.

  • Asraf on June 13, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    when the ICC is finish with this GAME we all love so much a player and even move is bat, he will be fined. Now why a player cannot challenge the critics? I wish if the ICC can answer that. I bet if some one talk down to ICC they will reply. This game have change so much i don know if we are still playing CRICKET.

  • brian on June 13, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    to US indian# the don scored more centuries than Viv. Better average

  • Sami on June 12, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Good gesture by Ramdin, really appreciated! Who cares about old legends? They've gone and dusted, the NOW is the future. Not the past oldies.

  • Rajani on June 12, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Two points. 1. Some people are upset because these comments were directed at Viv who is undoubtedly one of the all time greats. Would it have been ok (with no fines for Ramdin) if the comments were made against a commentator who was a lesser player during his playing days? 2. Some people think it is not ok because the comments were made on the field of play. ICC has done NOTHING ABOUT SLEDGING ON THE FIELD. This is also a form of sledging but much mild mannered than most sledging. Isn't it a JOKE for an ICC official to fine a player for this?

  • Andre on June 12, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Why did Sir Viv single out Ramdin. He could have been disappointed with Barath 15Tests avg 23.46, Sammy 21 Tests avg 21.39 , even samuels 40Tests avg33.48. What about the bowling: Best 15 Tests, avg46.66, Edwards 54 Tests; avg 38.37; Rampaul 16 Tests avg36.47. With all this mediocrity, he singles out Ramdin. Players have to account for their performance, umpires for their decisions. Why should commentators not be held to account for their comments?

  • H on June 12, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    This is off the topic, but DELORN JOHNSON. 23 years old, same age as roach and fast. Destroyed India A top order. Should be drafted into the team for New Zealand series. Good a time as any to blood this exciting prospect. WI has some good up and coming fast bowlers. Johnson, Gabriel, Holder, along with Roach, Rampaul and a fit and disciplined Taylor. We could have a fast bowling unit to be reckoned with.

  • Anthony on June 12, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Some of you are wasting your time by attempting to compare Ramdin's and Sir Viv's achievements. Simply, with due respect to Ramdin, there is no comparison. The real point is that we, the listening, viewing and reading (not forgetting, paying) public require honest comments and assessments from commentators like Sir Viv and his colleagues. In this respect, I would like all commentators and sports writers to model themselves on Geoff Boycott who provides full value with total honesty. So, Sir Viv, please do not hold back. Please continue with your forthright comments whether or not you offend players in the process. After all, you and your fellow commentators are paid to do this. Incidentally, Mr Ramdin you could have worded your note a bit better than you actually did - certainly, with a bit of dignity.

  • Robin on June 12, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Totally ridiculous fine - nothing to do with ICC - stupid act by Ramdin at worst, but didn't hurt anyone!

  • Ravin on June 12, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    @Kaindath - The point is not what Sir Viv said. It is what Ramdin did. Is he a small child? First of all Ramdin cannot compare himself to Viv neither in stature nor in talent. Secondly, Ramdin has been given innumerable number of chances to secure his place but he has blown them away consistently. Dead rubber, flat wicket and a 2nd choice bowling line up, Yeah Ramdin talk nah!

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