Ireland captain William Porterfield has been reprimanded by the International Cricket Council after publicly criticising umpire Asoka de Silva’s handling of a video review during his side’s 44-run defeat against West Indies.
Porterfield pleaded guilty to a charge of contravening the ICC Code of Conduct after he claimed the decision to give right-hander Gary Wilson out lbw (leg before wicket) had cost his side a chance of victory in Mohali.
Ireland had been within chasing distance of West Indies’ 275 when Wilson reviewed a lbw decision, which TV replays suggested had hit him outside the line of off stump.
After consultation with the third umpire De Silva decided, however, that Wilson had failed to play a shot.
After pleading guilty Porterfield was handed the minimum sanction for the Level One offence which relates to “public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to, an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel or match official”.
Commenting on his decision, Roshan Mahanama of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, said: “Although it may not be unusual for a captain to feel aggrieved or frustrated by what he feels is a rough decision, it does not give him any right to criticise the umpire as William did.
“The umpire’s decision is final and it is a long-standing pillar of our game that the match officials should receive absolute respect for their decisions.
“In giving my verdict, I took into account that this was William’s first such offence.”
After the match Porterfield had said: “The decision was crucial and cost us the game.
“When you have the technology and advantage of TV replays, that is supposed to eradicate mistakes.
“The on-field umpires have watched the replay on the big screen, the third umpire has watched the replay and then it has come back to the on-field umpire and he’s determined he wasn’t playing a shot.
“How you can get that from that video footage I’m not sure – you’d have to ask him.”