Irish pacer Little faces punishment for violating ICC Code of Conduct
After the Test series between England and West Indies, limited-overs cricket is also returned with the England-Ireland series. The current series is the first in the ICC’s new ODI Super League.
In the second ODI of the series, Irish pacer Josh Little got demerit points for violating the ICC Code of Conduct.
Little behaved awkwardly after dismissing English opener Jonny Bairstow, who won the man of the match award at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Saturday (August 1). Chasing the target of 213 runs, Bairstow played a stormy innings of 81 runs from 41 balls.
Irish fast bowler Josh Little dismissed Bairstow in the last ball of the 16th over. Little got up with a bit of wild joy after taking the wicket of Bairstow. When Bairstow started walking to the pavilion, Little used obscene gestures and language aimed at the English opener.
Which amounts to violating Level One of the ICC Code of Conduct. As a result, the Irish pacer was exempted by simply adding a demerit point added to his disciplinary record.
The left-arm pacer, who has played five ODIs and 17 Twenty20s for Ireland so far, accepted the punishment given by match referee Phil Whitticase. If four or more demerit points are added next to the name in the next 24 months, he will be banned for few matches.
England have already won the three-match ODI series by 2-0. Ireland will take to the field tomorrow (August 4) at the same venue in Southampton to avoid whitewash. Josh Little, who was not in the XI in the first ODI, took three wickets for 60 runs in the second match.