Balbirnie handed one demerit point by ICC

Irish batsman Andrew Balbirnie has been handed one demerit point by the International Cricket Council (ICC)  for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct against Bangaldesh.

The hosts Ireland finished the tri-nation series without any victory and Balbirnie’s punishment was an added insult to the injury. The Irish batsman was handed one demerit point for dissenting umpire’s decision and this was his first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.

According to ICC, Balbirnie was charged for “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match.” The incident happened after Balbirnie was dismissed in the 10th over of Ireland’s innings. He stood at the crease for a while after being given caught down the leg side off Abu Jayed’s bowling.

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Balbirnie was furious and unhappy with the decision and he stood his ground and stared. However, he had every right to do so as the reply clearly showed that the ball was missing the bat.

The charges were laid by the on-field umpires Richard Kettleborough and Roly Black, and third umpire Alan Neill. The Irish batsman Balbirnie admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad. Therefore, no formal hearing is needed.

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