ICC Blames Aaron Finch For Using ‘Audible Obscenity’

Aaron Finch was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct.© AFP

Australia captain Aaron Finch was in the middle of a controversy over butt mics days before the start of the T20 World Cup when he was reprimanded by the ICC for “audible obscenity”. The incident happened in England’s ninth innings in Australia’s T20I series opener on Sunday, when the 35-year-old lost his composure and berated referees Sam Nogajski and Donovan Koch on the field after catching appeal. England won the match by eight runs.

“It would have been damn nice to know in time,” Finch was picked off the stump mic after onfield umpires gave him no answer as to whether an edge had carried from Jos Buttler to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

Finch was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players’ Agents, which relates to the “use of an audible profanity during an international match”. However, the Australian skipper avoided a fine because it was his first offense in 24 months, but the ICC added “a minus point to Finch’s disciplinary record”. The two umpires on the field, along with third umpire Phil Gillespie and fourth umpire Shawn Craig, brought the charge, an ICC statement said.


Finch admitted the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, eliminating the need for a formal hearing.

Level 1 violations carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s game fee, and a minus point or two.

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