Chris Dougherty found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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Kuala Lumpur, Feb 29 (UNI) Ireland batsman Chris Dougherty has been found guilty under Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident that took place during his side's U/19 Cricket World Cup Plate Championship play-off semi-final victory over Bermuda in Johor today.

Dougherty was reported by on-field umpires Sarika Prasad and Lakani Oala, and third umpire Roger Dill. He was charged under Level 1.2 of the Code of Conduct which deals with abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.

The charge related to an incident during the Ireland innings when Dougherty was clean bowled by Bermuda captain Rodney Trott after having scored 25. When the batsman turned towards the pavilion he hit the stumps with his bat.

Dougherty pleaded guilty to the charge and he was given an official reprimand by ICC Match Referee Mike Procter.

Explaining his decision, Procter said,''No batsman likes getting out and I understand that Chris was upset and disappointed. But he must realise that it is necessary to control that disappointment.'' ''Knocking over the stumps with his bat in the way that he did is unacceptable behaviour and is not tolerated at any level of international cricket,'' he added.

''This is Chris's first offence under the ICC Code of Conduct and so I am content to give him an official reprimand.'' For Level 1 offences, there is no right of appeal and the referee's decision is final.

The Code of Conduct hearing was conducted through telephonic conference. Apart Dougherty and Procter, umpires Sarika Prasad, Lakani Oala, Roger Dill, Ireland under-19 captain Greg Thompson and team manager Brian Walsh were involved in the proceedings.

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