Munaf Patel fined for breach of ICC code of conduct

August 20th, 2008 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 20 (IANS) India’s fast bowler Munaf Patel has been docked 75 percent of his match fee for breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) code of conduct in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla Wednesday.Munaf had made some remarks to umpire Gamini Silva after he turned down an lbw appeal.

Munaf was found guilty of a level 2 offence by match referee Chris Broad at a hearing after India won the match by three wickets. The pacer pleaded not guilty to the charge but did admit to speaking aggressively to the umpire.

Munaf was found to have breached clause 2.8 of the code which refers to “using language that is obscene, offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player, umpire, referee, team official or spectator”.

“I accept that in international cricket there is a lot of passion but that does not excuse players talking back to umpires in an aggressive manner, as happened in this case,” Broad said in a statement.

“That is unacceptable and I hope this decision and the fine imposed demonstrates that fact.”

The charge was laid by the four umpires on duty - Gamini Silva and Billy Doctrove, third official Tyron Wijewardena and fourth umpire R.D. Kottahachchi.

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