New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has been found guilty for breaching ICC’s code of conduct due to use of foul language in the 1st Test, in Hamilton, against the West Indies. He has been fined 15 per cent of his match fees.
In the 62nd over of play, on Sunday, Mitchell was seen using obscene language and was also caught with audible obscenity directed at Jason Holder while the West Indies Test captain was running between the wickets and in close proximity to the fielder.
In a statement, the ICC said, “Mitchell was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC code, which relates to ‘use of an audible obscenity during an international match’. In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to his disciplinary record.”
The on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney, Wayne Knights and Third umpire Chris Brown conveyed the matter to the match referee. Match Referee, former New Zealand cricketer, Jeff Crowe imposed the sanction which was ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations.
There was no need for a formal hearing of the case as the 29-year-old cricketer has accepted the sanction that was levelled at him.
Earlier in the day, the hosts, New Zealand defeated Jason Holder-led side by an innings and 134 runs to register their biggest win in terms of runs against the West Indies at Seddon Park. Daryl Mitchell, scored 9 runs with the bat in the 1st innings, and did not bowl in the 2nd but dismissed Jason Holder in the 3rd innings, as West Indies were asked to follow on, in his 3 overs.
New Zealand, who won the T20I series 2-0, have taken a 1-0 lead in the 2-match Test series and have continued a major unbeaten streak at home. The two teams will lock horns in the 2nd Test on December 11, at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.