Jaipur:Temperamental bowler S Sreesanth has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during the match against the Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.
Sreesanth pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence (Article 2.1.3), which relates to "showing dissent at an umpire s decision". In the third over of the Royals innings the Punjab sarcastically clapped at batsman Michael Lumb and umpires after being hit for a four in the freehit after being adjudged for two successive no balls.
As a result, Match Referee Srinivas Venkataraghavan fined Sreesanth 20% percent (US$9,000) of his match fee.
In the third over of Rajasthan Royals' innings at a score of 28 for no loss, an erratic Sreesanth was called for two successive no balls and was hit by Lumb for a boundary in the free-hit. Infuriated at the umpires' decision, Sreesanth first clapped at Lumb and then at the umpires.
Soon teammate Yuvraj Singh ran upto him and asked the Kerala pacer to mend his ways and concentrate on his bowling.
No stranger to controversies, Sreesanth was given a "final warning" by the Indian cricket board last october to mend his on-field behaviour.
During the first edition of the Indian Premier League, after an altercation Sreesanth was slapped by Harbhajan Singh on the field after their match which left the medium pacer crying on the field.
The issue soon snowballed into a big controversy and although Sreesanth was left off with a warning Harbhajan was suspended from rest of the tournament.
Sreesanth later got injured was out of the Indian team for a long time before returning to the national fold last year.
(With PTI inputs)