Zeenews Sports Bureau
Birmingham: West Indies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin has been fined 20 percent of his match fee for celebrating his hundred in the third Test against England here at Edgbaston with a protest against cricket legend, Sir Vivian Richards.
After reaching the landmark on the fourth day yesterday, Ramdin held up a piece of paper with the words: `YEA VIV, TALK NAH`.
That was in response to comments from West Indies great Richards who, had said that Ramdin had "deteriorated in such a big way" and looked a "totally lost guy" after a poor show in the opening matches.
Yesterday, at Edgbaston Ramdin made 107 not out and shared an extraordinary last-wicket stand of 143 with Tino Best, whose 95 was the highest innings by any No 11 batsman in a Test match.
After the third test being washed out, match referee Roshan Mahanama announced he`d taken disciplinary action under the International Cricket Council code of conduct after charges were laid by on-field field umpires Tony Hill and Kumar Dharmasena and third umpire Aleem Dar, as well as fourth official David Millns.
"It is important that we do not allow a precedent to be set with such a premeditated celebration by Mr Ramdin," Mahanama said in an ICC statement.
"We all understand the importance of celebrating a milestone, however, one should not use that time as an opportunity to hit out at one`s critic or send messages to the world. "
Former Sri Lanka batsman Mahanama added: "I hope Mr.Ramdin has learnt his lesson from this incident and that we will not see such behaviour by him or any player in the future when celebrating an achievement within a game of international cricket."
West Indies captain Darren Sammy, responding to Mahanama`s move, said: "Denesh and I spoke and he said in the media yesterday (Sunday) that his emotions got the better of him."We as a West Indian team have a lot of respect for our past players, especially somebody so great as Sir Viv. I know Ramdin will probably have a word with him, no love lost, and we can continue respecting our great past players."
However, Richards didn`t see any funny side to Trinidad keeper Ramdin`s actions, and responded to Ramdin’s conduct by saying, "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."