England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been reprimanded by the ICC for “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match” which came during the second day’s play against West Indies in the second Test at Headingley.
The 26-year-old all-rounder was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel , which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”.
In addition to the reprimand for his breach of Article 2.1.4, one demerit point has been added to Stokes’s disciplinary record.
However, at the end of the day’s play Stokes admitted he had used “obscene” language and accepted the sanction proposed by ICC match referee David Boon, the former Australia batsman.
To be noted, the one demerit point to his disciplinary record takes his tally to three points. According to Article 7.6 of the Code, if Stokes reaches four or more demerit points in the next two year period, they will be converted into suspension points and he will be banned.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com