World T20 2016 March 27, 2016

Roy, Willey fined for breaching code of conduct

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jason Roy was not pleased with the umpire's lbw verdict © AFP

England opener Jason Roy and fast bowler David Willey have been fined for breaching the ICC's Code of Conduct during their team's 10-run victory against Sri Lanka in Delhi.

Roy, who blasted a 39-ball 42, was found to have been in violation of Article 2.1.5, which relates to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match". Roy, after being adjudged lbw in the 13th over, was heard using obscene language, and threw his bat and helmet as he left the field. He was fined 30% of his match fee.

Willey's incident concerned his send-off for Milinda Siriwardana during Sri Lanka's innings. Willey, who ended with 2 for 26, was seen pointing to the pavilion and using obscene language after dismissing the batsman. He had violated Article 2.1.7, dealing with "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match", and was docked 15% of his match fee.

Since both Willey and Roy admitted the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, there was no need for a formal hearing.

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  • sriyan on March 29, 2016, 7:34 GMT

    @ Trickstar Wiley was hit for a 6 by Siriwardene the ball before , and thats why he gave the send off.No where in the world is it acceptable to point to the pavilion and say .... to the batsmen.Bowlers who do these extreme send off's seem to be selective too in my experience.They wouldnt do it to a Chris Gayle or a Dhoni but usually to a timid looking sub continent player who wouldnt talk back.In other words its a cowardly act that has no place in cricket.

  • D N on March 29, 2016, 5:54 GMT

    If an Asian or a WI cricketer had done it, they would have been fined a lot more. Say a Kohli had done it or a Shakib or a Umar Akmal, it would have been a lot more severe.

  • paul on March 29, 2016, 5:04 GMT

    They both pleaded guilty and Roy especially was stung with a 30% match fee fine, so they can learn from that. Saying that for me Roy just looked really mad at himself, especially when he was on a good roll at a critical time in the game and imo whatever was said didn't have anything to do with the umpire call. Also how many times have batsman done exactly what he did when they got back to the boundary. Willey's one is funny because we so often see bowlers give a send off in just about every match and we hear nothing about it afterwards. I suppose it all depends on what was said but still rules are rules. I also like a bit of intimidation and aggression in fast bowlers, I like that part of the game. The thing for me is we seem to lack consistency. Umpires seem to clamp down heavily one game or just let everything go in the next. At the end of the day it almost becomes subjective to each individual umpire about what he considers dissent and what's frustration/disappointment.

  • Peter on March 28, 2016, 20:55 GMT

    Umm - there seems to be a little anti-English sentiment in some of the comments below. Personally my point would be that what (visually) is the difference between dissent and being annoyed at oneself when (for example) being given out lbw... Who could tell the difference? Regardless I really like @Agni_25 and his idea. (Roy - by the way was fined 30 percent) Additionally give the fines to a charitable organisation and make the players work with the charity for a day. At least then the "naughtiness" benefits somebody rather than paying for the ICC to travel the world first class....

  • Nagendira on March 28, 2016, 16:04 GMT

    I saw the match. Willey and Roy using such languages and getting away with just 15% fine seems too easy on them. Any player fined for such offense should be punished by their respective boards. In this case After the tournament, ECB should force them undergo a 4 day session on "How to behave on a cricket ground" . Now players doesn't want to lose 4 days of their precious life in taking stupid courses will behave properly on the ground :)

  • John on March 28, 2016, 15:41 GMT

    The fines were justified, the players admitted the offences, so justice was done. What the players might want to think about is that self-control is a huge benefit in any sport. Once your emotions get control of you, your performance level goes down. The most extreme example of this was John McEnroe in tennis. He simply couldn't control himself and as a result, even though he was maybe the most talented player I've ever seen, his record is nowhere hear what it could have been.

    Keep yourselves under control, guys. In the end you'll be better players if you do that.

  • paul on March 28, 2016, 10:18 GMT

    When I watch cricket, it seems that loads of bowlers have a 'send off' for most batsmen whilst getting them out. What exactly constitutes bad behaviour, bowlers are constantly muttering under their breath just so a batsman will hear but not the umpire. There is no consistency here and all bowlers should be told to shut up and all the stupid remarks on here about what country behaves better then another - THEY ALL DO IT AND IT IS BORING.

  •   Razan Mohamed on March 28, 2016, 3:13 GMT

    Nice work cameraman on saving ICC some money.

  • Godfrey on March 28, 2016, 0:49 GMT

    ICC sending out the right message fining these wannabe prima donna's. What exactly have Roy and Willey achieved so far during the T20 that makes them so upset when decisions go against them? We get mad at the Aussies for their excessive sledging and unsporting "send offs" so when Englishmen are guilty of the same bad behaviour they must also be sanctioned and accept the punishment.

  • Rakesh on March 27, 2016, 22:44 GMT

    English chaps are certainly not living up to their gentlemanly disposition!

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