Ireland fast bowler Josh Little was found guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct in the ongoing ODI series against England. He was reprimanded for using inappropriate language against Jonny Bairstow during the second ODI.
Josh Little picked the wicket of the wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow who scored 82 runs to guide his team to victory. As per the statement released by ICC, Little used foul language during the 16th over during which Bairstow lost his wicket.
On-field umpires David Millns and Alex Wharf, third umpire Mike Burns and fourth official Martin Saggers levelled the charge. ICC informed that Josh Little has accepted his offence so there would be no need of formal hearing.
“The incident occurred in the 16th over of England’s innings, when Little used inappropriate language towards Jonny Bairstow upon his dismissal. Little admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Phil Whitticase and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” said the ICC in a statement.
Josh Little handed one demerit point:
According to the ICC Code of Conduct, Little breached Article 2.5 which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match”. It was a Level 1 breach.
Little has also been given one demerit point for breaching the code of conduct. Notably, it was the first offence in 24 months.
Meanwhile, Ireland have lost the three-match series against England although one match is still left to be played on Tuesday(4th August).
However, Ireland has got their new star Curtis Campher, who top-scored for his team in both the matches. He scored an unbeaten half-century in the first ODI.
The flamboyant batsman handled the pressure in the second ODI when the team had lost consecutive wickets. Coming at No.7, he scored 68 runs leading his team to a respective total of 212 runs. However, Ireland could not defend its target and lost the match by four wickets.