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Stuart Broad fined for public criticism of match officials

Posted on Mar 24 2014 | IBNS

Chittagong, Mar 23 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday said England captain Stuart Broad has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to a Level 1 charge of publicly criticising match officials following his side's Group 1 encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 against New Zealand at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chittagong on Saturday.

Broad was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an International Match or any Player, Player Support Personnel, Match official or team participating in any International Match."

On Sunday evening, Broad admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, the ICC said in a statement on Sunday.

The charge related to comments made by Broad following his side's loss to New Zealand in a match reduced by rain (Duckworth-Lewis Method).

Explaining his decision, Srinath said: "Umpires are the final judges of the fitness of the ground, weather or light for play. Weather decisions are the most difficult to make, but the umpires make the best decision possible, taking all factors into account. Such public criticism is not good for the spirit of the game. Mutual respect between players, match officials and administrators is paramount to the game of cricket."

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Aleem Dar, third umpire Rod Tucker and fourth umpire S. Ravi.

The range of permissible sanctions for all first Level 1 offences is a warning or reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50 per cent of the applicable match fee.

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