West Indies head coach Stuart Law has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fifth and final day’s play in the third Test against Pakistan in Dominica on Sunday (May 14).
According to the press-release by the International Cricket Council, the former Australia cricketer was found to have violated 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”.
The incident had occurred during the second session’s play when Law expressed his disappointment after Shane Dowrich’s controversial dismissal. On-field umpire Bruce Oxenford had given his decision in the favour of the bowler despite no clear evidence of an inside edge by Dowrich on an attempted flick towards the short-leg. The West Indies batsman reviewed the decision straight away but Richard Kettleborough, the third umpire, also adjudged him out.
A furious Law then visited the third umpire’s room to question the third umpire for confirming the on-field decision, before leaving the room while making an inappropriate comment. In addition to the fine, one demerit point has also been added to Law’s disciplinary record.
Law admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad and so there was no need for a formal hearing.
Meanwhile, West Indies lost the final match of the series by 101 runs to lose the series 2-1. Beginning the day on 7 for 1 still trailing Pakistan’s total by 296 runs, the home side suffered big setbacks in the very first hour of day’s play as Kraigg Brathwaite and Shimron Hetmyer departed cheaply. By the time the lunch was taken, West Indies were reeling at 73 for 4.
Pakistan’s domination continued after the lunch too with Yasir Shah accounting for Vishaul Singh and Shane Dowrich to reduce the hosts to 93 for 6 before Roston Chase and Jason Holder batted for close to 20 overs, adding 58-runs for the seventh wicket to frustrate the visitors.
Chase was holding firm from one end and was looking set to rescue a draw for his side by sharing dodgy partnerships with the lower-order batsmen. Devendra Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph also offered some resistance and the West Indies came agonisingly close to sealing a draw when Chase and Shannon Gabriel defied the Pakistani bowlers for close to eight overs. But with just seven balls remaining, Gabriel played a poor shot to get out as the West Indies were bowled out for 202. Chase remained unbeaten on 101.