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Ramdin fined after Test message to Sir Viv

FOLLY: Denesh Ramdin display his message to Sir Vivian Richards (right)

WEST INDIES wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin is lighter in the pocket after his public message to Sir Vivian Richards during the Edgbaston Test.

Ramdin has been fined 20% of his match fee after marking his century against England by displaying a message to the West Indies legend.

The West Indies wicketkeeper held up a note that said "Yeah Viv, talk nah," in an apparent response to criticism. But he pleaded guilty to breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in the third Test.

Roshan Mahanama of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees said it was vital "we don't allow a precedent to be set with such a premeditated celebration.

"I hope Mr Ramdin has learnt his lesson from this incident and that we will not see such behaviour by him or any player in the future when celebrating an achievement within a game of international cricket."

The incident, deemed a Level 1 offence contrary to clause 2.1.8 (a) which relates to "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game", took place during Sunday's West Indies innings in the match, which ended a draw.

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