T20 WC: Matthew Wade reprimanded for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

The International Cricket Council has penalized Australia’s senior wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade for his violent dispute with the umpire. Wade was batting against England in Barbados during the team’s previous T20 World Cup 2024 encounter.

In the penultimate phase of the first innings, Wade defended a ball from Adil Rashid. Wade was backing away just before the ball was bowled, but he decided to defend it at the finish, when Rashid joined him. Wade fumed and protested with the umpires when the incident was labeled a dot ball, claiming that it should have been called a dead ball because he had no intention of playing the ball.

According to the ICC, the wicket-keeper batsman violated Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which prohibits “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match.”
Wade also received one demerit point on his disciplinary record. It was his first infraction in 24 months.
On-field umpires Nitin Menon and Joel Wilson, along with third umpire Asif Yaqoob and fourth umpire Jayaraman Madangopal, issued the charge.

Wade acknowledged to the violation and accepted the sentence imposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, hence a formal hearing was unnecessary.

In the end, Australia won the match easily. Defending champions England were soundly defeated by 2021 champions Australia in the T20 World Cup 2024’s largest Group B contest. Australia earned bragging rights at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, not only becoming the first team to break the 200-run mark in the competition, but also handing the Jos Buttler side an epic middle-overs choke.

Chasing 202 against Australia, England only scored 165 runs for the cost of six wickets in their 20 overs. This meant that England now had zero victories from their first two matches in the competition and would need to win their last two games against Namibia and Oman to advance to the Super 8 phases. England is in difficulty owing to its washout in the first encounter against Scotland, which resulted in the two sides splitting points.



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