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February 5, 2007
Scotland's middle-order batsman, Omer Hussain, has been officially reprimanded for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during his country's five-wicket defeat against Bermuda at Nairobi in the World Cricket League.
Hussain joined the squad this week as a replacement for the left-arm spinner, Glenn Rogers, who contracted typhoid during a tri-series warm-up in Mombasa last month. But today he was found guilty of a Level One offence after gesticulating with both hands upon being dismissed lbw for 1 by Delyone Borden.
Hussain pleaded guilty to the charge and apologised for his actions at the hearing, which was attended by the two on-field umpires, Nadir Shah and Shahul Hameed, as well as Scotland's manager Richard Auchinleck, captain Craig Wright, and the ICC match referee, Roshan Mahanama.
"Although the player had a previously clean disciplinary record in ICC events, pleaded guilty and showed remorse for what happened, it was still important he - and everyone who witnessed the incident - understands that what happened was not and is not acceptable," said Mahanama in a statement.
"Mr Hussain is a young player with potentially a long time in the game at a high level but he will find that if he acts in this way in future then some of that time will be spent in disciplinary hearings. The bottom line is that the umpire's decision is final and has to be accepted without question - that is one of the pillars of our sport."
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