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ICC Slaps Australia's Matthew Wade With 'Official Reprimand' For Breaching Code of Conduct

Wade was arguing with Nitin Menon (X.com)Wade was arguing with Nitin Menon (X.com)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday (June 10) punished Australia's wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade with an official reprimand for arguing unnecessarily with India's umpire Nitin Menon during their recent T20 World Cup 2024 clash against arch-rivals England.

Wade, one of the regulars of Australia in the T20 World Cup 2024, expected a dead ball when he was about to be ready to face England’s ace spinner Adil Rashid during the 18th over of Australia’s innings. However, he eventually defended the ball, and hence, Nitin Menon, the umpire who was in charge on the field, did not give the ball dead.

Wade was angry with the decision, and soon after, there was heated argument between him and Menon, for which the Australian was punished.

"Australia's Matthew Wade has been handed an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct," an ICC statement confirmed the development. "The wicket-keeper batter was found in breach of Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.”

In addition, Wade was also slapped with a one demerit point for his disciplinary action, which was his first offense in 24 months.

Joel Wilson, who was with Menon as on-field umpires, alongside third umpire Asif Yaqoob, and fourth umpire Jayaraman Madangopal levelled the charge against Wade.

Wade, meanwhile, accepted his mistake, and there won’t be any more developments regarding this.