Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, faced disciplinary action in the first Ashes Test, resulting in a 25 percent match fee fine and a demerit point. The action was taken due to Ali’s violation of a level 1 breach of the ICC code of conduct.
During the 89th over of Australia’s innings on Day 2 at Edgbaston, Ali was observed applying a drying agent to his bowling hand without seeking permission from the umpires. This act was deemed a violation of Article 2.20 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
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Following an investigation by match referee Andy Pycroft, it was concluded that Ali had used the spray solely for drying his hands and not as an artificial substance to alter the condition of the ball, which would have constituted a breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC playing conditions relating to unfair play.
“The ICC stated that Ali acknowledged the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, thereby eliminating the need for a formal hearing.”
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