Monday 19 November 2007 

Yuvraj Singh Fined For Dissent After Jaipur Match

Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of showing dissent during Sunday's one-day international against Pakistan in Jaipur.

The player was charged with 'showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision' after he remained at the crease and motioned to umpire Suresh Shastri that the ball had struck his shoulder before making his way from the middle.

He had been given out caught behind for 50 in a match Pakistan went on to win by 31 runs.

Yuvraj pleaded not guilty to the offence but apologised for any offence caused and this, coupled with Yuvraj's good disciplinary record, led to match referee Roshan Mahanama downgrading the charge to 'showing dissent at an umpire's decision'.

Mahanama explained, “I took into account several factors in downgrading the charge, including the player’s previous excellent conduct, his apology at the hearing, the fact it was a spontaneous act out of character with his normal behaviour and that he did not appear to use foul or offensive language.

“However, the fact remains that when the umpire raises his finger a player must leave the crease immediately and without question no matter what he may think of the decision.

“That is one of cricket’s most fundamental principles and Yuvraj’s failure to adhere to that principle, especially given the message his action sends out to the millions of people watching at the ground and on television, merited some form of action.”