Australian skipper Tim Paine has been fined a 15% match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day of the ongoing third Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Paine was found guilty of breaching Article 2.8 (Level 1) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match“
Paine committed the offence during the 56th over of team India’s first innings. Unhappy with an unsuccessful DRS taken against Cheteshwar Pujara, Paine criticized the umpire for his decision. Paine snapped at umpire Paul Wilson frustrated by his decision on the DRS.
He was fined 15% of his match fee and additionally penalized with one demerit point. One demerit point has been added to his disciplinary record for the offence. For Paine, it is his first offence in a span of 24-months.
David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees proposed the sanctions. On-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth official Claire Polosak levelled the charges.
Paine pleaded guilty and accepted the sanctions, preventing the need for any formal hearings.
According to the ICC Code of Conduct, any player who breaches Level 1 is charged with a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50% of the player’s match fee along with the addition of 1 to 2 demerit points to his disciplinary record.