Kohli censured by ICC for dissent

AHMEDABAD, India, IANS/CMC – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reprimanded India batsman Virat Kohli for “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision” during the third One-day International against the West Indies here Monday.

After being given out lbw to off-spinner Sunil Narine in the ninth over, Kohli stood his ground for a considerable time before leaving the middle.

“This was considered to be a show of dissent, a fact accepted by the player himself. As Kohli pleaded guilty and accepted the proposed sanction there was no need for a formal hearing,” said an ICC release.
Kohli, who made 20, had added 35 for the third wicket with Parthiv Patel (39), as India tried to rebuild from eight for two in the second over.

They lost the match by 16 runs, chasing a target of 261 for victory.
Kohli pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence and accepted the proposed sanction from David Boon of the Elite Panel of ICC matchreferees after play concluded.

He was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision”.
The charge was brought by on-field umpires Tony Hill and Sudhir Asnani and third umpire Vineet Kulkarni.

“Accepting umpires’ decisions is part and parcel of playing cricket and on this occasion Virat clearly showed dissent when he had been given out,” said Boon.

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