English Team Fined For Slow Over Rate; Bresnan Guilty Of Level 1 Breach




Tim Bresnan

Tim Bresnan

English bowler Tim Bresnan has been officially reprimanded for breach of ICC’s code of conduct during the tied match against India at Bengaluru. The cause of this action was the fact that Bresnan had hit the stumps with his bat after getting dismissed by Piyush Chawla of the last ball in the 49th over. There was no need for a hearing as Bresnan accepted his fault and apologized for the incident. Mr. Roshan Mahanama of the ICC Emirates Elite Panel of Match Referees commented on his verdict by saying,

“While giving my verdict, I took into account that Bresnan admitted his mistake, apologized for his action and that it was his first offence.

Further, it was encouraging to note that Bresnan on his own initiative met the umpires concerned and reiterated that his action was unintentional.

However, there is no room for this type of action in our great sport and cricketers are always expected to play the game in the true spirit of cricket. These cricketers are role models of millions of aspiring cricketers.”

Bresnan contravened Level 1 offence (Section 2.1.2) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings”.

The minimum punishment to a Level 1 offence is an official reprimand with a maximum punishment of 50% of match fee.

The charge was put forth by the on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Marais Erasmus along with the third umpire Rod Tucker and the fourth umpire Aleem Dar who are all from the Emirates Elite panel of ICC Umpires.

A similar penalty was subjected to Australian Captain Ricky Ponting on the 23rd for damaging a LCD television in the dressing room of the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera, after getting run-out for a score of 28 against Zimbabwe.

Ponting too was guilty of Level 1 offence and had apologized for his act later on. The match referee in that match too was Roshan Mahanama who had found Ponting guilty and thus reprimanded him.

The English team too has been imposed with a fine for maintaining too slow an over rate, by match referee Roshan Mahanama in the very same match. England were found to be an over short at the end of the match after considering all the time allowances. According to the ICC minor over rate offences rules and regulations, each of the team members are fined 10% of their match fee per over short of the required number, while the captain is imposed with a fine double of that.

Thus each member of the English team has been fined 10% of the match fee while Andrew Strauss has been fined 20% of his match fee.

The English team accepted their fault and thus no inquiry was setup in this case as well.

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