Ramdin Fined Over Note
West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin has been fined 20% of his match fee by the International Cricket Council for the way he celebrated his century on day four of the third Test against England on Sunday.
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On completing just his second hundred at Edgbaston in 44 five-day matches, Ramdin held up a sheet of paper, which read: 'Yeah Viv, Talk Nah'.
The move, thought to be a reaction to criticism Sir Viv Richards levelled at Ramdin last month, has found little favour with the ICC, who found the 27-year-old guilty of breaching their code of conduct.
He was charged on Monday morning with a Level 1 offence, contrary to clause 2.1.8 (a), which relates to "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game".
There was no need for a formal hearing, however, with Ramdin pleading guilty to the charge and accepting the punishment.
Richards took a dim view of the Trinidad man's actions, telling the BBC's Test Match Special yesterday: "It's like in a football match ... if you are losing 5-0 and you score a goal in the 90th minute, you shouldn't be running around jumping for joy.
"I wouldn't be happy with that. I set my standards a bit higher.
"It's been a long time coming. If you are good enough, the chances certainly are you are going to get it done.
"Let's not forget it's in a losing cause. Scoring a hundred when you are the team winning, that's excellent stuff."
Richards' former fast-bowling team-mate in West Indies' all-conquering team of the 1970s and 1980s Michael Holding also made clear his disdain for the hand-written note.
"If I was the manager of the team I would be having a word with that player, and he would be getting a fine," Holding added on Sky.
"I am not saying this because he [Richards] was my former captain - that is simply unbecoming behaviour from a player."