ICC Cricket News 17/01/03
ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed has charged Australia batsman Darren Lehmann with a Level 3 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Officials.
“As a result of an investigation and on the basis of reports received from Australia, I have decided to charge Darren Lehmann with a breach of Level 3.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct,” said Mr Speed.
“I am aware that Mr Lehmann has apologised for his actions and that the Sri Lanka team was reluctant to lay any formal charges. I have, however, carefully considered the situation and in the interests of eradicating racial vilification in international cricket I am bound to lay this charge.”
The penalty for a Level 3 offence is between two and four Test Matches or four and eight ODI Matches.
An alleged breach of the Rules of Conduct can be reported by the umpires, the team managers, the Chief Executive officers of the participating boards or the ICC Chief Executive.
Level 3.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Officials reads as follows:
Using language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.
Lehmann has admitted making a racial comment after being dismissed by the Sri Lankans in the one day match at the GABBA in Brisbane on 15/01/03. Although, he was later reprimanded by the match referee Clive Lloyd, the ICC believes the incident warrants more serious disciplinary action and as a result, Lehmann is expected to miss some early games in the World Cup.