|Player:||KAJ Roach, DW Steyn|
|Event:||South Africa in West Indies 2010|
DateLine: 1st July 2010
South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn has been fined hundred per cent of his match fee for his spitting against Benn in the third Test, while West Indies pacer Kemar Roach has also been fined 50 per cent of his match fee.
Steyn pleaded guilty of spitting in the direction of Windies spinner Sulieman Benn after being dismissed in the first innings and was found violating ICC Code Of Conduct clause 2.2.11, which relates to a breach of serious nature “contrary to the spirit of the game”
“Dale’s behaviour was entirely unacceptable and he knows that,” said Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
“The fact that he was provoked by Sulieman during his time at the crease helps to explain his actions but cannot excuse them. Test cricket can be an examination of one’s emotions as well as skill and players must learn to keep those emotions in check sufficiently to play within the spirit of the game. This was an ugly moment of which I’m sure Dale is not proud,” said Mr Crowe.
Meanwhile, Roach, who had a fiery exchange of words with Proteas batsman Jacques Kallis was found guilty to a Level 1 offence which charged him of breaching 2.1.8 of the code, relating to conduct of a minor nature that is “contrary to the spirit of the game”.
“Kemar was involved in an unpleasant altercation in the final overs of the Test where he had to be pulled away by one of his fellow players,” said Mr Crowe.
“This was after he received warnings from the umpires and so it could easily have been avoided. It was not acceptable behaviour for a player at this or any level of the game and it’s not the first time Kemar has been involved in such behaviour,” said Mr Crowe.
Because this was Roach’s second breach of this clause of the code within a 12-month period, the range of sanctions applicable was more severe, namely between 50 per cent of his match fee up to a maximum of his full match fee and/or two suspension points, which amounts to one Test match or two ODIs.