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Roach fined for deliberately barging Lee

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March 26, 2012

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Kemar Roach takes a breather, West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, St Kitts, 3rd day, May 22, 2011
Kemar Roach was fined 50% of his match fee © AFP

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has been fined 50% of his match fee for making deliberate physical contact with Brett Lee twice in the same over, during the fifth one-dayer against Australia in St Lucia.

The incident took place during the 39th over of Australia's innings. Lee took a single off Roach and was approaching the other end when Roach first made contact with him. The two stared at each other before Roach nudged Lee again while walking back to his mark.

Roach pleaded guilty to the Level 2 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play". There was no need for a formal hearing.

"There is no doubt that Kemar deliberately made physical contact with Brett, not once but twice," Andy Pycroft, the ICC match referee, said. "This is completely unacceptable as there is no place for physical contact in cricket.

"It is not the sort of example that players should be setting at any time, least of all in a series as high-profile as this one. Kemar accepted his mistake and admitted that his behaviour was over aggressive and inappropriate. I am sure he has learnt his lesson and will be more careful in future."

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran


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Posted by dani on (March 27, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

@Aussasinator...He doesn't have to learn from the Aussies how to do much worse and get away with it. The whole world sees the Aussies doing it. The Aussies are just favoured by match officials and the ICC. That's why they get away with it.

Posted by Andrew on (March 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

@Aussasinator - yay, you're alive after 8 overseas test defeats, coming last in the tri-series & coming last in the Asian Cup. Oh well at least there was Sachins 100th 100, although who was that against & who won? BTW - who is the most misbehaving cricketer in history? I'll give you a clue he is an Indian "spin" bowler, who hasn't been seen much lately due to his not taking wickets.

Posted by Justin on (March 27, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

@ braindead_rocker: Lee didnt break any rules - he ran towards the ball. Ive seen that happen lots of times - usually the batsman goes around them and usually the batman gets in - that incident was unfortunante. But dont get me wrong - the batman usually always tried to get themselves in front of the ball when it comes in (leading to the law that if they change direction on purpose to try to block the incoming ball they can be given out). Its just part of the game. As for this article - fair enough with the fine. Contact should be avoided however i do love the passion shown by the players - a few words backed up by great bowling or batting is one of the best bits of the game - love watching a fired up bowler.

Posted by Subba on (March 27, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Roach will have to learn from the Australians like Watson, Ponting, Mcgrath and Lee as to how to do much worse and still get away with it.

Posted by Mani on (March 27, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Of all the great WI fast bowlers, Andy Roberts is especially know for not displaying any kind of emotions on the field. I mean any kind whatsoever! As we know his bowling did all the talking!

Posted by Rusty on (March 27, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

Braindead rocker, you have answered the question yourself "without touching him" - physical contact is what Roach was fined for and there cannot be contact if you do not touch anyone......OK ??

Posted by Calvin on (March 26, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

I like Roach as a bowler - lovely, fluid action & high pace plus good aggression. I like how he got in Kallis's face during a recent series against SA over some short balls & coming down the pitch (as I can't stand Kallis, the man, though he is easily the best batting all-rounder in the world today & maybe all-time over Sobers). But here Kemar has gone over the line with actual physical contact. Weak-minded, immature stuff from the young quick whose lack of impulse control got the better of him. Hoping he wises up after losing some $$ as punishment. If not, he'll continue to be an easy target for on-field talkers such as Lee. Bret got the better of Kemar here, who should've ignored Binga & bowled bouncers at him when he got the chance - the 'civilised' way to handle it.

Posted by John on (March 26, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

He should have learned from Lee himself..from how Lee blocked Tendulkar on purpose without touching him ...Why did the ICC/match referees fine Lee back then?

Posted by Nick on (March 26, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

I guess Roach didn't want Lee to make anymore runs. He should have simply asked Lee "to stop making runs please" Over zealous & a bit immature is my conclusion.

Posted by Mani on (March 26, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Shame on Roach! Learned his lesson? I guess not! This is not the first time he did as he was involved in a similar issue with Kallis when WI was on the verge of losing. Come on Kemar Roach, let your bowling speak for you not your own mouth! When are these new generation WI fast bowlers going to learn how the old WI greats let their quick, accurate and lethal bowling speak for them??

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