England v West Indies, 2nd ODI, The Oval

Dwayne Bravo fined for criticising umpiring decision

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June 23, 2012

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Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies allrounder, has been fined 20% of his match fee for publicly criticising an umpiring decision. Bravo, after the second ODI on Tuesday, criticised the lbw decision held against Chris Gayle.

"It's okay, umpires do make mistakes -- that's accepted -- but not when they see the referral as well and realise they've made the wrong decision and then stand by it," Bravo had said on Tuesday. "It was a game-changing moment, and it was always difficult then to get a big total. If the decision had gone a different way, it might have been a different ball game."

Chris Gayle, who was given out lbw against Graeme Swann, was going well, having struck five sixes and three fours to reach 53 off 50 balls. In Graeme Swann's second over, he was given out by Tony Hill who ruled the ball had struck the pad fractionally before the inside edge. Gayle immediately asked for a review but third umpire Kumar Dharmasena upheld the original decision, ruling there wasn't sufficient evidence to overturn it. From 63 for 0, West Indies slipped to 79 for 4.

"Dwayne unfortunately went over the mark in describing the Chris Gayle decision and used comments that criticised both the on-field and TV umpire," match referee Jeff Crowe said in a release.

There was no formal hearing as Bravo pleaded guilty. The charge - a Level 1 offence vis-à-vis inappropriate public comment - was laid by Hill and Dharmasena.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson had been fined by the ICC in April this year during the Tests against Australia, for criticising the lack of consistency in the use of DRS.

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Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 25, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

To me, Gayle looks out on the replay but there's no way I would swear to that in court. It's one of those where people will see what they want to see but, regardless of which way you wish the decision had gone, anyone who watches those replays and says that they can tell for sure whether it was bat or pad first is either lying or deluding themselves. As such, Bravo is outright wrong to even suggest that he, let alone the umpire, can see that the wrong decision was made. As for the third umpire, even if he thought that it wasn't out, he also obviously admits that it was too close to call for sure based on the replay because, if he had thought otherwise then their would not have been any reason for him not to overrule the original decision. Plenty of decisions have been overruled and umpires are generally happy to be overruled if they are clearly wrong. For Bravo to say that the umpire knew for sure that Gayle was not out but called him out is an accusation of cheating and is not OK.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

@SIRSOBERS on (June 23 2012, 20:49 PM GMT) you talk about hypocrisy from the Eng fans. The other day you were saying that Eng should have scheduled the WI test series so that it didn't clash with IPL so that WI could field some of their IPL stars , but then the WI/Aus series also overlapped the IPL. So you actually expected Eng to change their scheduling but not your own WI side?

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

@ SIRSOBERS on (June 23 2012, 20:43 PM GMT) Where has he said this ? Post a link or something.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (June 23, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

@the_wallster and other "outrged" English fans typical hypocrisy save me the fake outrage "bringing the game into disrepute" when none of you have anything to say about Bell not walking in the first Odi after that huge nick it's embarrassing.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (June 23, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

@JG704 Bell, asked if he'd edged the ball on 23, admitted: "Yes." google is your friend but there is the quote anyway.

Posted by SemajAG on (June 23, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

It's wierdly obvious, that the Umps are the cricketing lords! I cannot recall ever hearing an Ump been fined or fired for an erroneous decision. One bad decision can wreck ones life for ever and obviously this happens quite often when bad decisions go against West Indies in particular. Eliminate bad umpiring by scrapping them.

Posted by the_wallster on (June 23, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

This is plain and simple; you cannot bring the game into disrepute. Bravo's comments are not only fatuous and wholly incorrect, but criticising the umpire's decision is just incredibly bad form. The decision Gayle got was a 50/50, and in those circumstances, if the evidence is not conclusive, the decision stays with the umpire. What on earth Bravo and the Windies team are seeing is bewilering. No fair-minded viewer could conclusively say whether the ball hit the bat or the pad first. The first sign of a losing team is not its results, but the excuses it makes for those results.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 23, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

@lyrad92 on (June 23 2012, 14:46 PM GMT) I only watched the highlights and while there was a noise , there was no hot spot or clear visible edge with Bell and I find it hard to believe our commentators would say that. I have absolutely no idea what the rest of your rant's about

Posted by JG2704 on (June 23, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

@thegaffoor on (June 23 2012, 15:44 PM GMT) How was it an obvious mistake ? I've not seen the Sanga incident and couldn't care less about it but why should an umpire apologise for something he still believes he got right? Just because you don't it doesn't make him wrong.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 23, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

@bajah on (June 23 2012, 13:28 PM GMT) No , I still feel Bravo crossed the line on this one as I feel he was pretty much accusing the umpire of cheating. I was not against what Ramdin said re Viv and felt his punishment was unfair but when your words can be seen as a slur on an umpire's good name then I think a player should be punished

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