"--IANS/CMC"
Port of Spain, (Trinidad), June 20 (IANS/CMC) New Zealand seamer Tim Southee has been fined 30 percent of his match fee following an altercation with West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards, the International Cricket Council announced Thursday.

Southee was reported to match referee Chris Broad following the incident on the second day Tuesday during the early stages of the West Indies innings, reports CMC.

Southee's behaviour towards Edwards was unacceptable and contrary to the spirit of the game. He disregarded the on-field umpires' previous warnings and continued to engage with Edwards, which required the intervention of the umpires in the middle of the pitch, said Broad.

In doing so, Southee neither showed respect to his opponent nor to the umpires, something which has no place in our sport.

Southee pleaded guilty to the charge of conduct contrary to the spirit of the game', which was a Level One breach of the ICC's Code of Conduct.

All Level One offences carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player's match fee.

--IANS/CMC

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