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Andrew Balbirnie, the Ireland cricketer, has fined 25% of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second T20I against Afghanistan in Sharjah. The incident occurred in the 16th over of Ireland’s innings, where Balbirnie adjudged leg before wicket and showed dissent by pointing to his gloves, claiming that the ball had touched them before hitting his pads.

As a result of this breach, one demerit point has added to Balbirnie’s disciplinary record. This marks his first offence in a 24-month period. Balbirnie admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, eliminating the need for a formal hearing.

The on-field umpires Bismillah Jan Shinwari and Izatullah Safi, along with third umpire Ahmed Shah Pakteen and fourth umpire Ahmed Shah Durrani, were instrumental in leveling the charges against Balbirnie.

It’s worth noting that Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee, and the addition of one or two demerit points.

This incident underscores the importance of upholding the spirit of the game and respecting the decisions of the officials in international matches, highlighting the consequences for infringing the ICC Code of Conduct.

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