Rubel Hossain © Getty Images (File Photo)
Rubel Hossain © Getty Images (File Photo)

Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain has received an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the deciding ODI against the West Indies on Saturday, which the visitors won by 18 runs in St Kitts to take the series by 2-1.

Rubel was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. In addition to the reprimand, one demerit point has been added to the fast bowler’s disciplinary record. Rubel now has two demerit points after he had received one demerit point for showing dissent during the second T20I against Afghanistan in Dehradun in last month.

The incident happened in the 28th over of the West Indies run-chase when Rubel used an inappropriate word, which was picked up by the stump mic, after Shimron Hetmyer edged him for a boundary. After the end of the match, Rubel admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires S. Ravi, and Joel Wilson, third umpire Richard Illingworth Nigel Duguid Marais Erasmus and fourth umpire Nick Cook. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.