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Australia captain Aaron Finch has been handed an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first T20I against England in Perth on Sunday.
Finch was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match.”
In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to Finch’s disciplinary record, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.
The incident occurred in the ninth over of England’s innings, when Finch used inappropriate language which was picked up by the stump microphone.
Finch admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Sam Nogajski and Donovan Koch, third umpire Phil Gillespie and fourth umpire Shawn Craig levelled the charge.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
*When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned
**Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player
***Demerit Points to remain on a Player or Player Support Personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of twenty-four (24) months from their imposition following which they will be expunged