Monday, February 28, 2011

England fined for slow over rate with Bresnan reprimanded

England were fined for slow over-rate after they were found to be one over short of the target at the end of the Indian innings, after time allowances were taken into consideration. Andrew Strauss, the skipper, was fined 20% of his match fee while others would bear 10% fine.

Tim Bresnan, the England all-rounder, has been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the breathtaking tie with India in Bangalore. Bresnan hit the stumps with his bat after being bowled by Piyush Chawla in the second to last over of England's chase. Bresnan apologized for the event and didn't contest the chastised. He implored guilty to disobey Level 1 of the Code of Conduct which relates to the "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fitting." All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and/or a maximum penalty of the imposition of a fine up to 50 per cent of a player's match fee.

Roshan Mahanam, the ICC match referee, said, "While giving my decision, I took into account that Bresnan confessed for his mistake, apologized for his action and that it was his first offence."Further, it was encouraging to note that Bresnan on his own program met the umpires concerned and restate that his action was inadvertent."

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