London, 8 June: The International Cricket Council had today charged the West Indies’ Denesh Ramdin (in photo) with conduct that was contrary to the spirit of the game during a Champions Trophy match against Pakistan but the wicketkeeper-batsman  pleaded not guilty and faces a hearing here on Monday. The charge is related to an incident in Pakistan’s innings when Ramdin claimed a catch off Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq. Australian umpire Steve Davis had ruled Haq out but when the decision was referred to third umpire Tony Hill it came to light that Ramdin had not had full control of the ball and Haq was reprieved.
Television replays showed that he had caught the ball initially but it popped out of his hands later on.
“Ramdin was charged with breaching Article 2.2.11 of the ICC code of conduct for players and player support personnel,” an ICC statement said, adding:
“The charge has been laid by the on-field umpires Steve Davis and Nigel Llong, third umpire Tony Hill and fourth umpire Richard Kettleborough.”
The range of penalties for all first Level 2 breaches are the imposition of a fine of between 50 per cent and 100 per cent of a player’s match fee and/or a suspension of up to two One-Day Internationals.
The West Indies laboured to a nervous two-wicket victory over Pakistan at the Oval after they had been set only 171 to win their opening game.
Man-of-the-Match Kemar Roach, who had earlier ripped through the Pakistan top-order batting, secured the win for the world Twenty20 champions with a flamboyant boundary through the covers in the 41st over. The victory target would have been even smaller had it not been for a battling 96 not out from Pakistan captain Haq, his highest score in 118 ODIs.
Haq could have been out three times before reaching double figures but he managed to hang on and eventually batted with calm assurance, hitting three sixes and adding 32 for the last wicket with Mohammad Irfan (2).
Irfan, one of a trio of Pakistan left-arm fast bowlers and the tallest man in world cricket, extracted vicious lift from a good Oval pitch and troubled all the West Indies’ batsman.
Morris comes in
Paceman Chris Morris was named as the injured Morne Morkel’s replacement in the South Africa squad for the Champions Trophy. Morkel suffered an injury during South Africa’s opening match of the tournament against India in Cardiff. The Proteas’ next match is against Pakistan in Birmingham on Monday.