West Indies cricket July 29, 2009

Roach fined for bowling beamers

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West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach and captain Floyd Reifer have been found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second ODI against Bangladesh at Dominica.

Kemar Roach has been fined 10% of his match fee for bowling two beamers during his spell, and his captain Reifer has received an official reprimand for failing to prevent this. Both players were charged with Level 1 offences for which the match referee's decision is final. There is no provision for an appeal.

Roach bowled the first beamer in his sixth over to Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and was issued his first official warning by umpire Billy Doctrove. Roach bowled the second high full toss in his eighth over, leading to his removal from the attack.

This was Roach's first offence and match referee Roshan Mahanama explained why action was necessary. "I felt it was important to emphasise that this type of conduct is completely unacceptable and by fining the player I believe I have done so," he said.

"Part of the role of the captain, as highlighted in both the Laws of Cricket and the ICC Code of Conduct, is to make sure that incidents such as this do not take place but Reifer failed in that role and, again, I made it clear to him that was unacceptable."

The incident was reported by on-field umpires Doctrove and Tony Hill, third umpire Norman Malcolm and fourth official Clyde Duncan.

The West Indies team was also fined for a slow over rate. The players were fined 5% while Reifer was penalised twice that amount.