Nelson (New Zealand): West Indian batsman Darren Sammy and Ireland bowler John Mooney have been fined 30 per cent of their match fee for using obscene language in separate incidents during their World Cup preliminary match here.
West Indies player Darren Sammy bowls during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the West Indies at Saxton Park Oval in Nelson on February 16, 2015. AFP
"West Indies batsman Darren Sammy and Ireland bowler John Mooney have both been fined 30 per cent of their match fees for violating Level 1 Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International match" following Ireland's four-wicket victory in Nelson on Monday," the ICC said in a statement.
Both offences happened in in the first innings when Sammy was heard on television screens using inappropriate words after playing a shot in the 34th over, while in the second instance Mooney swore several times when a fielder dropped a catch in the 45th over.
Both players admitted the offences and accepted the sanction proposed by match Chris Broad. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing. All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee.