Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been given a reprimand by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he kicked out at an advertising hoarding on day one of the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Harbhajan kicked the hoarding in frustration after a misfield and he pleaded guilty to committing a Level 1 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials relating to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings".
Harbhajan accepted the decision so there was no need for a hearing and match referee Andy Pycroft added:
“While giving my verdict, I took into account that Harbhajan admitted his mistake and apologised for his actions.
“I also accepted Harbhajan’s explanation that he had kicked the advertising board in frustration. Professional cricketers try to give their best effort when they are on the field and whenever they don’t live up to the standards they have set for themselves, they feel disappointed. However, venting their frustrations in this manner is unacceptable.
“I would now expect him to maintain a certain level of self-control in future and avoid the repeat of the incident as he sets an example for millions of youngsters who follow him around the world.”
Harbhajan had gone on to take the final wicket as India bowled out Bangladesh for 233.
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