Zaheer fined 80 percent of match fee (Lead)

October 21st, 2008 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan SinghMohali (Punjab), Oct 21 (IANS) India’s fast bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan was fined 80 percent of his match fee for misconduct during the second Test against Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium.The incident happened Monday when Australia opener Matthew Hayden was dismissed by Harbhajan Singh. Zaheer ran from his fielding position towards Hayden and shouted at him.

Zaheer was charged with a Level 2 offence of International Cricket Council (ICC) for conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.

“This sort of behaviour is not acceptable at any level of cricket. It showed a lack of respect for the player who had been dismissed. It was disappointing that Zaheer behaved in this way,” match referee Chris Broad said after the hearing Tuesday.

The charge against Zaheer was laid by the umpires. At the hearing, Zaheer pleaded guilty to the charge.

“I took into account the fact that Zaheer had a good disciplinary record. He also pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was very apologetic while also promising not to repeat the offence,” Broad said.

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