Durbun: Team India's new frontline bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for his excessive appealing while all his team mates recieved a fine of five per cent of their match fees for India's slow over-rate.
Sreesanth accepted, in a hearing convened by Emirates Elite Panel ICC Match Referee Chris Broad after the match against Australia yesterday, that he breached clause 1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to excessive appealing following a delivery he bowled to Matthew Hayden during the fourth over.
Explaining his decision, Broad said, ''When appealing for a decision a player has to realize he only needs to ask the question once and not over and over again, especially after the umpire has already turned down the appeal. Sreesanth was out of order and the incident set a poor example for the millions of people watching either at the venue or on television.'' ''It was a point he accepted by pleading guilty and, given the fact he has already made regular appearances in Code of Conduct hearings over the past 12 months, he can consider himself fortunate not to be facing a heavier punishment,'' he added.
The charges were brought by on-field umpires Mark Benson and Asad Rauf, third official Billy Doctrove and Tony Hill, the fourth umpire. Present at the hearing, in addition to Sreesanth, the four umpires and the match referee were India manager Sunil Dev and captain Dhoni.
Praising Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Broad said, ''One pleasing aspect of the hearing was that the India captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, (who) accepted his role in the conduct of his players and, as such, I am sure he will remind Sreesanth of his responsibilities to himself, his team and the game in future.'' ''In addition to the fine levied, I also warned Sreesanth about his conduct going forward and if he continues to breach the Code of Conduct he can expect more severe penalties to come his way,'' Broad stressed.
India team was also fined for maintaining a slow over-rate after falling one over short of its requirement when time allowances were taken into consideration. The players docked five per cent of their match fees with Dhoni, as captain, fined double that amount, a ten per cent punishment.