West Indies v England, 1st T20, Barbados March 11, 2014

Bopara, Sammy and Samuels fined for verbal showdown

ESPNcricinfo staff

England batsman Ravi Bopara and West Indians Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy have been fined for their verbal altercation during the first T20 in Barbados on Sunday. Bopara was slapped a heavier fine of 25% of his match fee while Sammy and Samuels were fined 20 and 10% respectively.

The incident occurred during the 12th over of England's chase, when Bopara set off for a single. Bopara made insulting comments towards the bowler Samuels who responded. Sammy, the West Indies captain, then stepped in to have a go at Bopara before the umpires Joel Wilson and Peter Nero intervened.

All three pleaded guilty to the level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct to the match referee Andy Pycroft. The three players were found to have breached Article 2.1.8 of the code, which states: "Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the (above) offence, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute".

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  • G. Carlton on March 13, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    vstrider curb your bias; Samuels and Sammy are more than average cricketers. Bopara was out of order and should have been the only one fined. Sammy has a reputation for being a gentleman on and off the field.

  • Justin on March 12, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    @Divinetouch - So you are saying that all other teams in the world have no incidents at all in their games? Im surprised that you didnt make the other sweeping comment that the fine would be much higher if the player were from another country. Its a competitive game and tempers flair in the heat of the moment - just accept it. Umpires usually do a decent job of stopping the verbals from getting out of hand and players get fined if they cross the line. Usually makes for interesting watching to see how the players react after a confrontation.

  • omkar on March 12, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Again it is when England or Australia is playing that nasty things happen in the game. It is even worse when they play each other.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    And they said KP had an ego....

  • Chris on March 12, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Ironically Samuels and Sammy have always had a lot to say, two very very average cricketers.

  • Ed on March 11, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Bopara - the weakest link.......

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    why is it always the very average non talented cricketers who seem to be aggressive and confrontational.a little bit of advice,work on improving your game.raise your level above mediocrity.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Definitely he's got issues and needs to sort himself out. Can also be stemming from the his unstable place in the team.

  • o on March 11, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Bopara's been very vocal lately also noticed him giving a lil send off to Dwayne Smith earlier in the game.Being forced to bat no7 is obviously getting to him don't ever remember him being this agro or maybe he's just getting a lil big for his boots.

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