Ashes 2023: England's Moeen Ali fined for breaching ICC code of conduct during Edgbaston Test

By India Today Sports Desk: England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been fined 25 percent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the first Ashes Test against Australia.

Moeen, who was making his return to the Test side after his initial retirement in 2021, was found to have breached Article 2.20 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to displaying conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.

The incident occurred during the 89th over of Australia's first innings at Edgbaston when Moeen was observed applying a drying agent to his bowling hand while fielding near the boundary line. One demerit point was added to the all-rounder's disciplinary record for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. This was Moeen's first offence in the past 24 months.

Moeen Ali admitted to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction put forth by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, thereby eliminating the need for a formal hearing.

Upon reviewing the circumstances, the Match Referee determined that the cream was applied to Moeen's finger to dry Ali's hands and not as an artificial substance to alter the condition of the ball, as outlined in clause 41.3 of the ICC playing conditions regarding unfair play. The Match Referee imposed a Level 1 sanction, taking into account that the ball's condition had not been changed.

The charge was leveled by on-field umpires Ahsan Raza and Marais Erasmus, with support from third umpire Chris Gaffaney and fourth umpire Mike Burns.

Level 1 breaches under the ICC Code of Conduct carry a range of penalties, including an official reprimand, fines of up to 50 percent of a player's match fee, and one or two demerit points. Moeen picked up two wickets and scored 18 runs during the Edgbaston Test

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