Cricket’s world body released a statement on Sunday confirming the punishment on the opener and fast bowler. Both the players played crucial roles in their 10-run win over Sri Lanka. The win helped England book a semi-final spot, at the expense of Sri Lanka and South Africa. They joined West Indies in the last four from the group.
Roy scored a 39-ball 42 before being out adjudged LBW off Jeffrey Vandersay. But the opener was not happy with the decision. According to the release, he was found to have breached Article 2.1.5 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”.
Roy displayed dissent on two accounts after he was given in the 13th over (obscene language on being given out and then throwing his bat and helmet as he left the field) for which he has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee.
Willey, who took two for 26, performed an elaborate sending off after taking the wicket of Milinda Siriwardana in the third over of the second innings. He was found guilty of violating Article 2.1.7 of the Code, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match”.
He has has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee. Both the players admitted the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe. As such, there was no need for formal hearings.
The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker, third umpire Chris Gaffaney and fourth official S Ravi.
For all first offences, Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee. (Courtesy Zee News)