|Ground:||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street|
|Scorecard:||England v West Indies|
|Player:||D Ganga, TE Jesty, NJ Llong, BF Bowden, Aleem Dar, AG Hurst, FH Edwards|
|Event:||West Indies in England 2007|
DateLine: 21st June 2007
West Indies’ player Fidel Edwards has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s fourth Test match against England.
Edwards was found guilty of using inappropriate language by Emirates Elite Panel ICC Match Referee Alan Hurst in a hearing after play concluded in Durham on Tuesday.
Edwards was found to have breached clause 1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting.”
Explaining his decision, Mr Hurst said: “When bowling, and in frustration, Fidel swore loudly enough to be heard by spectators at the ground and television audiences.
“We are not saying that players cannot show frustration or demonstrate passion but Fidel’s means of doing that was totally unacceptable and does not set an appropriate example.
“The player regrets his actions and I trust this penalty will serve to ensure it does not occur again,” he added.
Level 1 breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee. The charge was brought by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Billy Bowden, third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth official Trevor Jesty.
Mr Hurst reached his conclusion after a hearing attended by Fidel Edwards, West Indies captain Daren Ganga, Team Manager Michael Findlay and the four umpires.
For Level 1 breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct the ICC Match Referee’s decision is final and binding.
The full ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Officials can be found at: http://www.icc-cricket.com/icc/rules/code-of-conduct-for-players-and-officials.pdf
England won the match at Durham’s Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street by seven wickets on Tuesday and secured the four-match series 3-0.