Best slapped with penalty by ECB

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July 09, 2016
Tino Best

LONDON (CMC):

Ex-West Indies fast-bowler Tino Best has been penalised by the England and Wales Cricket Board after breaching its code of discipline.

The 34-year-old, currently under contract at Hampshire, was found guilty of a level-two breach for "throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner".

The incident occurred during a game between Hampshire and Essex in the T20 Blast last month, and Best was subsequently reported by umpires Martin Saggers and Neil Bainton.

England player Ravi Bopara was also reported for indiscipline during the game for "showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by word or action" and was also penalised with three penalty points.

"These penalties will remain on their records for a period of two years and the accumulation of nine, 18 or more penalty points in any two-year period will result in an automatic suspension," the ECB said.

Best and Bopara were two of five players penalised, with Liam Livingstone, Ross Taylor and Philip Salt also breaching the code of coduct.

The fiery Best was signed by Hampshire last April on a short-term deal, replacing countryman Fidel Edwards, who was sidelined with a broken ankle.

He has taken 14 wickets in six County games at an average of 39 and four wickets in eight T20s at an economy rate of nine runs an over.

Best has played 25 Tests and 26 One-day internationals, but has not featured for West Indies in two years.

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