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June 1, 2010
Sulieman Benn, the West Indies left-arm spinner, has been fined his entire match fee from the fourth ODI against South Africa after he was ordered off the field by his captain Chris Gayle. Benn had upset Gayle by failing to follow his instructions, and was told he was no longer required.
"The Management Group of the West Indies team met with Sulieman Benn late on Monday in relation to an on-field incident during the fourth one-day international against South Africa on Sunday, May 30 at Windsor Park, Dominica. Following the discussion, Benn accepted a fine of 100% of his match fee and the matter was closed," a release issued by the West Indies Cricket Board said.
"I actually asked him to leave the field," Gayle had told reporters after the game. "As a captain, it was a situation like you ask a particular bowler to do it and he said he had never done certain things before. That's why you have practice sessions, to practise. I asked him to simply bowl over the wicket. I don't see why it should be a problem.
"He wasn't up for it and if you're not up for it, why give that particular bowler the ball. I just see it that he [Benn] doesn't want to take part. It was my call to actually ask him to leave and tell him that he is not needed anymore."
Benn's behavioural issues came to a head during the Perth Test in December, when he was suspended for two ODIs following a clash with Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin.
West Indies, already 0-4 down in the series, have included batsman Travis Dowlin to the squad for the fifth and final ODI to be played in Trinidad on June 3.
West Indies squad: Chris Gayle (capt), Dwayne Bravo (vice-capt), Travis Dowlin, Darren Bravo, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul, David Bernard, Dale Richards.
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