Yuvraj cleared of dissent

Yuvraj Singh has been cleared of dissent following a hearing into his reaction to an umpiring decision in the first test against Australia.

updated: December 30, 2007 09:19 IST
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Yuvraj Singh has escaped sanction after a disciplinary hearing found the India batsman not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in the first cricket Test against Australia.

Singh was charged with dissenting umpire Billy Bowden's decision to rule him out caught behind off a Stuart Clark ball for a duck in India's first innings on the second day.

Singh paused at the wicket for a lengthy period before walking from the Melbourne Cricket Ground field.

Match referee Mike Procter decided Singh had not stood his ground in protest, an International Cricket Council statement said on Saturday after deliberations from the hearing held following the third day's play Friday.

The hearing was attended by the four umpires, India manager Chetan Chauhan, captain Anil Kumble and Yuvraj Singh. Video evidence was used.

"It was evident that Yuvraj took more time than normal to leave the crease, but it was due to the fact that he was shocked at the decision," Procter said. "At no stage he showed displeasure or dissent at the umpire's decision."

If found guilty, Singh could been fined up to 50 per cent of his match fee.