Bloemfontein: South African skipper Shaun Pollock and New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan have been fined part of their match fees for a verbal exchange during the Test that South Africa won here Tuesday by five wickets.Pollock will have to forfeit half his match fee and McMillan a third of his for the altercation that took place Monday on the penultimate day of the Test.Pollock and McMillan apparently swore at each other and the South African also touched McMillan on the shoulder and patted him on the top of his helmet.
The players were cited by Indian umpire Arani Jayaprakash and called to a disciplinary hearing soon after the end of the match. Pollock was deemed to have violated clauses one and two of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct, and McMillan clause two.Clause one states that captains are responsible for ensuring players play within the spirit and laws of the game and the second warns against conduct unbecoming which could bring the game into disrepute.
McMillan, who made 78 on Tuesday, later protested that the incident was not serious. "Test cricket is always competitive. It's part of the game and it's a part I enjoy," he told reporters."I don't have a problem with a few verbals. I think it's a tough game and a lot of what happens on the field should be left on the field."AFP