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January 3, 2005
Danish Kaneria, the Pakistan legspinner, was fined approximately AUS$2,000 (not US$12000 as earlier reported) for a two-word send off to Michael Clarke after he was stumped by Kamran Akmal at the SCG on the second day. David Shepherd, Billy Bowden and Steve Davis, the third umpire who heard it through the stump microphone, all reported Kaneria and he was charged with an ICC Level 2 offence for "using language that is obscene, offensive or of a generally insulting nature to another player".
A disciplinary hearing was held after play and Ranjan Madugalle, the match referee, fined Kaneria his total match fee and gave him a severe reprimand. Clarke charged down the wicket at Kaneria, the best of Pakistan's bowlers with 3 for 106, and was well short of his ground when dismissed for 35. Ricky Ponting, who was batting with Clarke, said he did not hear anything and was unaware of the charge until informed by team officials.
The disciplinary hearing took Kaneria's previous indiscretions into account and he was handed a severe reprimand for his actions. It was a costly end to the day for Kaneria, who had already committed 25% of his match fee to the victims of last week's tsunami disaster in Asia.
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