Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been handed a fine by Cricket Australia following his comment on an umpiring decision while playing for Melbourne Stars in the recently concluded Big Bash League.
The incident happened during the semi-final of the tournament when an appeal for a caught behind decision from Melbourne Stars against Perth Scorchers' Sam Whiteman was turned down and Pietersen could not hide his disappointment in the microphone which was connected.
"That was a shocker, an absolute shocker," Pietersen was heard saying while fielding during the Scorchers' run chase.
"He says it could have been glove or pad, and I said, 'well, he's got big gloves and big pads to reach that'.
A fine of A$5,000 ($3,824) was proposed by match Referee David Talalla based on the reports from the on-field umpires.
The 36-year-old accepted the charge but dismissed the fine leading to a hearing on Thursday but referee Talalla stuck to his original decision after going through various video footage.
Earlier, Australia head coach Darren Lehmann also urged Melbourne Stars to stop wasting money on Pietersen, even though he ended up as the leading run-scorer for the franchise this season.
"@KP24 @BBL time for stars to move KP on, spent too much money on him and didn't win. Don't want to listen to his excuses any more,"
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