Raina fined 25% of match fee
Suresh Raina has been fined 25% of his match fee for his reaction after being given out caught by umpire Asad Rauf on the first day of the second Test between West Indies and India. The incident took place during the 56th over when a Devendra Bishoo delivery struck Raina on the thigh pad before lobbing to forward short leg.
Replays were inconclusive about whether the ball had brushed Raina's glove on its way to the fielder. Raina shook his head to indicate that he did not hit the ball which, the ICC said, seemed to be an attempt to influence the umpire's decision. "On being given out, he looked to the sky in disgust and after picking his bat up from the ground swung it at the dirt as well as shaking his head again," the ICC said.
Raina's actions were found to constitute a Level 1 breach of Article 2.1.3 of the ICC code of conduct which relates to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision by action or verbal abuse". He pleaded guilty and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad.
"What Suresh did was a clear breach of the code, something the player himself has accepted," Broad said. "There is a fine line between showing disappointment at a dismissal and demonstrating dissent but on this occasion Suresh was well over that line and his behaviour was unacceptable."
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50% of a player's match fee.