South African bowler Andre Nel has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fifth ODI against India.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
Mumbai:South African bowler Andre Nel has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fifth and final cricket one-dayer against India. Nel was found guilty of using obscene language by ICC Match Referee Jeff Crowe in a hearing after India won the match by five wickets to level the series 2-2 here last night. The paceman was found to have breached Level 1.4 of the ICC Code which relates to "using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting" which includes swearing in frustration at one's own poor play or misfortune. "While not wanting to stifle the character of a lively player such as Andre, his explicit obscene language that was witnessed by TV viewers is unacceptable," Crowe said in a statement. All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee. The charge was brought by on-field umpires Daryl Harper, K Hariharan, TV umpire I Sivaram and fourth umpire Ravi Subramanium. Jeff Crowe reached his decision after a hearing attended by Nel, South Africa captain Graeme Smith, South Africa team manager Goolam Rajah and the umpires. (PTI)