Porterfield reprimanded for criticising umpiring decision

Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 20:04 PM IST

Kolkata: Ireland cricket captain William Porterfield was on Monday reprimanded for criticising an umpiring decision after his side`s 44-run loss to the West Indies in a World Cup group B match in Mohali last week.

Porterfield pleaded guilty to contravening Level 1 offence (Section 2.1.7) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials which relates to "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to, an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel or match official."

The incident took place after his side`s defeat when Porterfield lambasted the leg-before dismissal of batsman Gary Wilson which went against Ireland after a review by the third umpire.

As Porterfield accepted the sanction without contest, there was no need for a hearing.

Commenting on his decision, Roshan Mahanama of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, said: "Although it may not be unusual for a captain to feel aggrieved or frustrated by what he feels is a rough decision, it does not give him any right to criticise the umpire as William did.

"The umpire`s decision is final and it is a long-standing pillar of our game that the match officials should receive absolute respect for their decisions. In giving my verdict, I took into account that this was William`s first such offence," Mahanama said in a statement.

All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and/or a maximum penalty of the imposition of a fine up to 50 per cent of a player`s match fee.