Denesh Ramdin fined for gesture
Mon, Jun 11, '12
Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies batsman, has been fined 20% of his match fee for making a gesture directed at Viv Richards after reaching his century on the fourth day of the Edgbaston Test. The ICC charged Ramdin with conduct contrary to the spirit of the game and he pleaded guilty to the offence.
"We all understand the importance of celebrating a milestone, however, one should not use that time as an opportunity to hit out at one's critic or send messages to the world," Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, said. "I hope Mr Ramdin has learnt his lesson from this incident and that we will not see such behaviour by him or any player in the future when celebrating an achievement within a game of international cricket."
Ramdin, after reaching his second Test century on the fourth day of a drawn match, pulled out a sheet of paper from his pocket on which he had written, "YEH VIV TALK NAH."
It was a response to Richards' criticism of his deteriorating form after he had scored only 51 runs and kept wicket inconsistently in the first two Tests. Ramdin later admitted his reaction had been emotional.
reprinted from ESPNcricinfo