Warwickshire pair Rikki Clarke and Varun Chopra have both received reprimands for showing dissent at umpiring decisions in recent matches.
Former England all-rounder Clarke was reported by umpires Nigel Llong and Tim Robinson for showing dissent after he was given out leg-before wicket in the County Championship defeat by Lancashire at Edgbaston in early May.
Opening batsman Chopra was reprimanded for a similar offence after he was reported for dissent by umpires Llong and Paul Baldwin following his dismissal in the Clydesdale Bank 40 victory over Durham at Edgbaston three weeks ago.
Clarke and Chopra were both reported for a level one offence under the England and Wales Cricket Board’s disciplinary code. The reprimands will remain on their record for a period of two years. Any further Level One breach during that period will result in an automatic imposition of three penalty points.
The accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two year period will result in an automatic suspension. Clarke already has three penalty points on his record.
The Warwickshire pair were among eight players dealt with by the ECB following reports by umpires.
Hampshire batsman Jimmy Adams and Sussex batsman Murray Goodwin both received three penalty points for Level Two breaches of the disciplinary code – showing serious dissent an umpire’s decision.