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Ravi Bopara, Tino Best disciplined by ECB

Tino Best, Ravi Bopara, Liam Livingstone, Ross Taylor and Philip Salt have been given penalties for indiscipline in recent county matches.

Hampshire fast bowler Tino Best was reported by umpires Martin Saggers and Neil Bainton during the NatWest T20 Blast match against Essex on 24 June, and was found guilty of a Level Two offence – throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner.

Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara was reported by the umpires during the same match for dissent against a decision – also a Level Two breach. Both men were given three penalty points.

Former England international Bopara was dismissed lbw for a duck in Essex’s successful chase of 136 and angrily indicated to umpire Neil Bainton that he had got his bat on the ball. West Indian paceman Best then became frustrated during Ashar Zaidi’s match-winning innings of 52 and, having bowled a wide, threw the ball at Zaidi – giving away four overthrows as well as earning himself a sanction.

An ECB statement read: “Best was reported by umpires Martin Saggers and Neil Bainton during Hampshire’s NatWest T20 Blast match against Essex on 24th June 2016, for a Level Two breach of the code (throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner).”

“Bopara was reported by the umpires during the same match for a Level Two breach of the code (showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action).

“The penalty for each of these breaches is three penalty points. These penalties will remain on their records for a period of two years and the accumulation of nine, 18 or more penalty points in any two-year period will result in an automatic suspension.”

Lancashire batsman Livingstone was reported by umpires Jeff Evans and Graham Lloyd during the NatWest T20 Blast match against Worcestershire on June 24, for a Level One breach of showing dissent.

Sussex batsmen Taylor and Salt were both reported by umpires Michael Gough and Russell Evans during the NatWest T20 Blast match against Gloucestershire on 26 June for the same offence. All three were given a reprimand.

The penalties remain on their records for a period of two years and the accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two-year period will result in an automatic suspension.

Bopara last played for England in the ICC World Cup 2015, while Best has not made an appearance for West Indies for two years.

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