Match referee reprimands Hussain, Flower

Published: Monday, October 8, 2001, 21:49 [IST]
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Harare: England cricket captain Nasser Hussain, wicket-keeper James Foster and Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower have all been reprimanded by the match referee overseeing the third One-day International between the two countries on Sunday. Nasser and Flower were found guilty by Colonel Naushad Ali of Pakistan of bringing the game of cricket into disrepute and warned as to their future conduct. Foster was also warned according to a statement issued by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union on Monday. No financial penalties were imposed. Nasser violated a code that captains are responsible for play being conducted in the spirit of the game. The conduct of Flower and Foster was unbecoming to their status, and which could also bring the game into disrepute. The incident, which got the three into trouble, happened in the 22nd over of the Zimbabwe innings. Flower, then having scored 99 on his way to a century, was given not out by one of the umpires following an appeal for a catch behind. Foster then told Flower he believed the batsman should concede his wicket by "walking". Flower's response was sharp and this resulted in a heated exchange between the two players. Colonel Ali had earlier on the tour expressed doubts to a journalist about the bowling action of England seamer James Kirtley but after watching a video he took no action.

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