ACB backs conduct sanctions after incidents

Published: Monday, October 22, 2001, 23:49 [IST]
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Melbourne: Rival leg spinners Stuart MacGill and Shane Warne again find themselves under scrutiny, but Australian cricket is standing by its sanctions for misbehaviour.
MacGill was fined 1,500 dollars ($ 750) for abusing an umpire in the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania last week. Warne's alleged swearing after being dismissed in Sunday's One-day Cup match against South Australia brought official complaints. There were calls for the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) to increase its fines for on-field misbehaviour, but the ACB said it had no immediate plans to make changes. "The processes are in place and agreed by the board of directors, who are keen to promote the right public image," an ACB spokesman said on Monday. "The code of conduct is in place to deal with this and that was the case in Stuart's incident." Any stiffening of penalties would need to be approved at board level, in consultation with the players' union. The ACB spokesman said Australian captain Steve Waugh had led the way by pushing for the team to earn a reputation for sportsman-like conduct.

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