Broad fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

     England's fast bowler Stuart Broad has been fined 50 per cent of his applicable match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day's play in the second Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday (8 August). Broad was charged with a Level 2 offence under article 2.2.7 of the code which relates to "throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate/and or dangerous manner". The right-hander pleaded guilty to the charge and as such, under the provisions of the code, the matter was determined by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees without the need for a full hearing. The match referee imposed a fine equivalent to 50 per cent of the player's match fee. The charge was brought by on-field umpires Steve Davis and Marais Erasmus, third umpire Tony Hill and fourth umpire Jeremy Lloyds. The incident that led to the charge being laid took place at the end of the 63rd over when Broad, after finishing his over, threw the ball inappropriately/dangerously at the facing batsman Zulqarnain Haider who had not moved from his position. Commenting on his decision, Mr Madugalle said: "The actions of Stuart Broad were unacceptable. I understand the frustrations of a bowler in the heat of the moment but as an international sportsman one needs to control these emotions whatever may be the situation and always respect the opponent. "Stuart, by pleading guilty, realised his mistake and I'm sure he will not repeat the same again." Penalties for offences included in Level 2 of ICC Code of Conduct can range from 50 per cent to 100 per cent of a player's match fee and/or two suspension points, which translates as a suspension of two ODIs or one Test match.

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