Australia news February 20, 2013

Ponting fined for throwing bat

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ricky Ponting has been fined $250 by Cricket Australia for throwing his bat after he was dismissed while playing a domestic limited overs match for Tasmania against Western Australia in Perth.

Ponting threw his bat in the air on the way back to the pavilion after he was run out for 95 in a mix-up with the young batsman Jordan Silk, the blade landing a couple of metres in front of him. The incident was captured by the broadcasters' television cameras.

Given that it was Ponting's first offence in the past 18 months, he was eligible to receive the minimum penalty - an official reprimand. However CA chose to press the case further, calling the disciplinary hearing, at which Ponting pleaded guilty to the charge, and levying the fine.

"Although it was Ponting's first offence in the last 18 months," A CA statement said, "given the nature of the incident CA objected to the prescribed penalty of an official reprimand for a first time offender of the Code of Behaviour and requested the charge be heard in front of a CA Code of Behaviour Commissioner.

"The hearing occurred in Perth this afternoon in front of Commissioner Rob O'Connor. Ponting pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $250."

Ponting's 95 led Tasmania to a 51-run victory at the WACA ground. He has scored 209 runs at an average of 41.80 in five Ryobi Cup matches this season.

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  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    The incident itself may have had nothing to it but $250 for Ricky Ponting is pittance. How about he gives the $250 to charity instead of Cricket Australia?

  • Jeff on February 21, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I was one of about 800 people at the game. There was nothing in it. Ponting tossed his bat in the even looked like he was trying to toss it up high and then catch it...but it landed to far in front of him. He should never have been fined or even cautioned. Ridiculous. I think sporting authorities in Australia have bigger issues to contend with right now.

  • david on February 21, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge Calm down precious. You clearly haven't seen the footage, it was nothing to get up in arms about. Just CA trying to get in the news again

  • far on February 21, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    oh some one ran him out for a change know wonder he got spanky

  • Peter on February 21, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @satishchandar. Mate, if you can't uderstand what is written don't comment. Ponting was run out in a mix up with Silk, then walked off. When he was near the gate about METRES away from the narest fielder, he tossed his bat to the grund in total frustration, something we have all done at some point when batting. Try for once reading articles carefully please.

  • Anupam on February 21, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    THE LEGEND LION never forget how to ROAR. Fire still burns. RTP you a great player and LEADER.

  • Aaron on February 21, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I'd have racked up at least 2 or 3 of those fines this season if CA was watching my matches. Cmon, this is being too precious. The bat was nowhere near anyone except Ponting. It was a relatively restrained display of frustration that threatened no one.

  • Simon on February 21, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    How dare this competitive professional sportman get visibly upset in his workplace. Doesn't he know he has to act as a robot so he doesn't get one of the 500+ bureaucrats at the ground upset on someone elses behalf. I mean, good lord, there may have been 10 people watching and one of them may have been an impressionable child who once saw Ponting as a role model. The sooner there are more people in the pavilion who don't actually play, but have the right 'credentials' to interpret the lowest level of emotion allowable....well then the 'game' will be fit for consumption and be a product the CA front office can be proud of. Until then we're going to have to be protected from sports people who show emotional responses to situations like being run out 5 runs short of a century.

  • Jack on February 21, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Funny how only one person in these comments before me has actually seen the throw, yet everyone is saying how bad it is.

    The whole point of this fine is to stop a player doing it again. Ricky has been playing pro for over 20 years, there is no point trying to teach him because he would know more then the people handing out the fine.

    Marlon Samuels threw his bat further then Ponting and he threw it at someone and no fine for him, so there should be no fine for Ricky.

    I've seen club cricketers throw the bat worse then this and no one care so this should never have been an issue.

  • Arshad on February 21, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    This is preposterous! CA, stop humiliating your benefactors for without them, nobody would know you. Ponting has earned at least this much as to show emotions on missing out on a 100

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