ANDY BALBIRNIE has been disciplined for showing dissent after he was wrongly given out caught behind in Ireland’s one-day international against Bangladesh on Wednesday and has received a demerit point from the ICC for a Level One offence.

The Code of Conduct breach occurred in the 10th over of the game when an attempted hook went through to the Bangladesh keeper and after an appeal was upheld, Balbirnie lingered in his crease and then showed displeasure before walking off.

While international players know that even a mild display of dissent towards an umpire’s decision will incur a sanction, it is hard not to feel sympathy for the Ireland No3 who is in the form of his life only to suffer three unusual terminations in his last four innings.

The Pembroke man was the victim of sharp practice by England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes who stumped him by the letter of the law but not the spirit, and then suffered a blow to the helmet from paceman Shannon Gabriel after a bright start in his next game against the West Indies.

Balbirnie was forced to retire for concussion checks and only added one run when he returned before finally getting to show his worth with a magnificent 135 in the second game against the West Indies, and he had again started well on Wednesday.

The demerit point will only lead to a suspension if he accumulates three more in the next two years and will not prevent Balbirnie from taking on Afghanistan in Belfast on Sunday after Ireland announced just one change to their squad for the two-match series.

Left-arm fast bowler Josh Little has reported an area of pain in his back and will be rested with Tyrone Kane replacing him.

IRELAND SQUAD: William Porterfield (cpt), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson (w/k).