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".