Pietersen reprimanded by ICC
Kevin Pietersen has been officially reprimanded for a level one breach of the International Cricket Council code of conduct during England’s six-wicket victory over India in yesterday’s Twenty20 international at Kolkata.
Pietersen was found to have breached article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Sudhir Asnani and S.Ravi, third umpire Vineet Kulkarni and fourth umpire K.Srinath.
The offence occurred following Pietersen’s dismissal, when he was given out lbw off India’s Suresh Raina.
Pietersen pleaded guilty to the charge and as such, under the provisions of the code, the matter was determined by Roshan Mahanama of the Emirates elite panel of ICC match referees and so there was no requirement for a full hearing.
Mahanama said: “As an experienced cricketer, Kevin should know that when the umpire raises his finger, a player should leave the crease without showing his emotions no matter what he may think of the decision.
“In this case, Kevin displayed excessive and obvious disappointment at the decision which sent the wrong signals to all those watching the match at the ground and on television, and as such, merited some form of action.”
All level one breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and/or a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee.