Stokes reprimanded by ICC


Ben Stokes has been reprimanded by the ICC over his reaction to being dismissed in the third Test against India in Mohali on Saturday.

Stokes appeared to become involved in a verbal exchange with India captain Virat Kohli after being stumped for 29 as England reached 268-8 on day one.

An ICC statement read: "Stokes was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to 'using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match'.

"In addition to the reprimand for his breach of Article 2.1.4, one demerit point has been added to Stokes's disciplinary record.

"Pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, if Stokes reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into suspension points and he will be banned. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player."

Stokes admitted the offence and accepted the sanction, eliminating the need for a formal hearing.