Patel Fined For Level Two Code Of Conduct Breach

Indian bowler Munaf Patel has been fined 75 percent of his match fee for falling fall of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second One Day International against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. India went on to win the match by three wickets. Patel was charged under clause 2.8 which refers to "using language that is obscene, offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player, umpire, referee, team official or spectator." Patel's behaviour when umpire Gamini Silva turned down an lbw appeal came under scutiny with match referee Chris Broad commenting: "I accept that in international cricket there is a lot of passion but that does not excuse players talking back to umpires in an aggressive manner, as happened in this case. "That is unacceptable and I hope this decision and the fine imposed demonstrates that fact." Munaf had pleaded not guilty. © Cricket World 2008