Trent Bridge, July 30: For once it wasn't the firebrand Indian speedster Sreesanth who stirred up an unsavoury exchange on the field. Rather, it was his fellow pacer Praveen Kumar who got into an altercation with umpire Marias Erasmus.
Consequently, the bowler was slapped with a fine for breaking the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Code of Conduct. The punitive levy will set back premier Indian bowler, 20 per cent of his match fee.
According to a statement issued by ICC relating to this matter, Praveen was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the Conduct Code. This prohibits arguing or entering into a protractced discussion with the umpire about his decision.
After conclusion of the day"s play, Praveen admitted the offence and accepted the sanction served up by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle.
The charge had been made by the on-field umpires Asad Rauf and Marais Erasmus and third umpire Billy Bowden as well as fourth umpire Tim Robinson.
The incident in question unfolded at the end of the 18th over of England's innings. Praveen, who was upset that his lbw appeal against England batsman Kevin Pietersen had been turned down, began remonstrating at Umpire Erasmus until Harbhajan Singh pulled the pacer away.