Munaf patel fined for abusing Sehwag

Published: Sunday, September 28, 2008, 16:34 [IST]
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Vadodara: Fast bowler Munaf Patel was fined 75 per cent of his match fee for foul mouthing Delhi captain Virender Sehwag and Akash Chopra during the Irani Cup.

Match referee R R Jadeja refused to disclose the fine but it was learnt that Munaf was docked 75 per cent match fee.

"I am sending a report to the BCCI and I cant disclose its content," Jadeja said.

Asked who were present in the hearing, Jadeja said "Delhi were represented by coach Vijay Dahia, while Rest of India captain Anil Kumble, senior player Rahul Dravid and Munaf also attended the season." Munaf had a verbal duel with Delhi opener Akash Chopra, forcing Sehwag to intervene. The pacer reportedly mouthed something foul to Sehwag, which infuriated the Delhi camp.

Subsequently Sehwag lodged an official complain with the match referee and hearing took place today after Rest of India beat Delhi within 4 days to lift the Irani Cup.

Incidentally, this is not the first time that the temperamental pacer has found himself in a spot of bother.

During the recent ODI series in Sri Lanka, Munaf was found guilty of verbally abusing Gamini Silva after the Lankan umpire had turned down a leg before appeal.

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