Broad Fined For Umpire Comments
England captain Stuart Broad has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for criticising the umpires following his side's ICC World Twenty20 match against New Zealand.
Broad was unhappy that the umpires allowed play to continue during a thunderstorm, and expressed his views in his post-match media commitments.
Speaking to the BBC, he called the decision-making 'distinctly average' and claimed that playing on put the safety of players at risk.
New Zealand won the match by nine runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method, scoring enough runs as the game continued to get ahead of England.
Broad has breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct relating to "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in any international match".
Broad accepted the charge and the penalty, handed to him by match referee Javagal Srinath.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Aleem Dar, third umpire Rod Tucker and fourth umpire S. Ravi.
"Umpires are the final judges of the fitness of the ground, weather or light for play," Srinath explained.
"Weather decisions are the most difficult to make, but the umpires make the best decision possible, taking all factors into account.
"Such public criticism is not good for the spirit of the game.
"Mutual respect between players, match officials and administrators is paramount to the game of cricket."
England are back in action in four days when they play Sri Lanka.
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