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Stuart Law suspended for two ODIs against India  

West Indies coach Stuart Law is suspended for two One-day Internationals against India following a breach of the ICC Code of Conduct. For the same, he has received a 100 percent fine and three demerit points. The on-field umpires in the second Test – Bruce Oxenford and Ian Gould, third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth official Nitin Menon took this decision against Law.

The incident took place on Sunday during the second Test between India and West Indies. Following the dismissal of Kieran Powell, the 49-year-old went to the third umpire’s room and made unparliamentary comments. He directed inappropriate remarks at the fourth official as well.

The ICC said in their statement:

'During Sunday's play in the Hyderabad Test, Law was found guilty of breaching Level 2 Article 2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, 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, Match Official or team participating in any International Match, irrespective of when such criticism or inappropriate comment is made.'

Law has accumulated four demerit points in the last 24 months. The statement further read as follows:

'As Law had received a 25 percent fine and one demerit point during the final day's play in the Dominica Test against Pakistan in May 2017, with the addition of these three demerit points, he has reached the threshold of four demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have now been converted into two suspension points.'

The Australian has admitted the offense and taken receipt of the sanction.

His Windies side lost the Test series by 2-0, where they were completely outclassed. There was very little to cheer about heading into the ODI series, and the suspension of the coach will only add to the problems. The first of five ODIs between the two teams is to be played on 21 October.

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