Shubman Gill fined 15% of his match fees for violating a rule during WTC 2023 Final

Shubman Gill fined 15% of his match fees for violating a rule during WTC 2023 Final

Shubman Gill has been penalized 15 percent of his match fee for publicly criticizing the decision made by the TV umpire in the World Test Championship final against Australia. In a similar vein, India has been fined their entire match fee due to maintaining a slow over-rate, while Australia has been docked 80 percent of their fees for the same infraction.

During India’s pursuit of a target of 444, Gill was batting on 18 in the second innings when he edged a delivery from Scott Boland to the left of gully. Cameron Green made a remarkable diving catch, snatching the ball just above the ground.

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Initially, Gill did not leave the field immediately, prompting the on-field umpires to refer the decision to the third umpire in accordance with the new protocol. After reviewing the replay footage from multiple angles, the third umpire, Richard Kettleborough, declared Gill out.

This catch by Cameron Green led to Shubman Gill criticizing the Umpire’s decision

Following the dismissal, Gill took to social media, sharing a zoomed front-on photo of Green taking the catch, accompanied by a caption featuring magnifying glass and facepalm emojis. He also posted a story on Instagram with clapping hands emojis.

Consequently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) charged Gill with violating Article 2.7, which pertains to “public criticism or inappropriate comments regarding an incident occurring in an international match.” Gill accepted the penalty, rendering a formal hearing unnecessary.

In relation to the slow over-rate issue, India fell short by five overs, while Australia were found to be four overs behind after accounting for time allowances.

In the second consecutive World Test Championship final, India suffered a defeat by 209 runs, losing seven wickets on the final morning. During the post-match press conference on Sunday, India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, expressed his disappointment with the process employed to rule Gill out.

“India’s Shubman Gill will face a sanction for appearing to criticise the decision to give him out on the fourth day of the Test, breaching article 2.7 which relates to public criticism or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match. The young opener was fined a further 15 percent of his match fee.”