Katherine Brunt reprimanded for breaching ICC Level 1 Code of Conduct

England by 4-runs lost their semifinal to India at the Commonwealth Games which has the sides’ dream of clinching Gold at the Games come crashing. England didn’t have their pacers click at the start of the innings and their leader of the attack, Katherine Brunt too didn’t have a pleasing start which got her frustrated and it only out worse towards the back end which resulted in Katherine Brunt using colourful language which now has her reprimanded.


Katherine Brunt reprimanded for breaching ICC Level 1 Code of Conduct. PC: Getty Images
Katherine Brunt reprimanded for breaching ICC Level 1 Code of Conduct. PC: Getty Images


The incident that has Brunt reprimanded occurred in the 17th over when Deepti Sharma mistimed one and Freya Kemp running backwards from mid-on to settle underneath failed to do so and dropped the catch with Deepti Sharma batting on 14*(11) which got Katherine Brunt to use “inappropriate language” that the International Cricket Council (ICC) have charged her for with a breach in article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. Katherine Brunt’s ordinary outing saw her register figures of 4-0-30-1. Now, had a leading edge gone into the hands of a fielder and a catch not been dropped, she would have walked back happily with 3 in her wickets column and the team could have been on the other side of the fence in terms of the result.

Post the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) statement read, “In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to Brunt’s disciplinary record, for whom it was the second offence in a 24-month period, taking her cumulative demerit points to two. The incident occurred in the 17th over of India’s innings, when Brunt used inappropriate language after a catch was dropped off India batter Deepti Sharma.”

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Katherine Brunt accepted the offence as the ICC’s statement further read, “Brunt admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Shandre Fritz of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees, so there was no need for a formal hearing. The statement concluded, “On-field umpires Eloise Sheridan and Kim Cotton, third umpire Claire Polosak and fourth umpire Shivani Mishra levelled the charge.”

It being a level 1 breach, Katherine Brunt has been handed a warning. The maximum penalty for the same is sanctioning 50% of the player’s fee in addition to one or two demerit points. England tomorrow again take field for their Bronze medal match against New Zealand where they’ve got a chance to redeem themselves and it not be Gold, but have a podium finish and clinch Bronze.

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