Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd Test, Chittagong April 20, 2006

Ponting will be asked to explain dissent

Cricinfo staff



Sutherland: 'I do know that Ricky [Ponting] is absolutely committed to the spirit of cricket' © Getty Images

James Sutherland, the chief executive of Cricket Australia, has said that he will call Ricky Ponting to hear his perspective of the incident that resulted in him being fined 25% of his match fee during the second Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong.

Ponting was found guilty of dissent after the Bangladesh team management complained about his behaviour during the appeal made against Aftab ahmed in the first innings.

"I wasn't there so I haven't got any context out of what I have seen on TV and read in the newspapers and I want to get Ricky's perspective on that," Sutherland told the Herald Sun. " I am also concerned that an incident like this has occurred. He has been reported, albeit the report has been made by the Bangladesh team, but the ICC match referee has heard the case and found him guilty. I do know that Ricky is absolutely committed to the spirit of cricket and I do know that, generally speaking, the Australian team does get it right."

Responding to criticism over Australia's demanding playing schedule contributing to their below-par performance in the first Test at Fatullah, Sutherland felt that the right amount of matches were being played. He said that the programme was worked out with the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), the players' representative body.

"The reality is, in consultation with team management and the ACA, it was decided the appropriate course of action was to go from South Africa to Bangladesh without a tour match in between or any sort of a break. They wanted to get straight into it. They felt that they were in Test match mode and the appropriate course of action was to go straight there and get home sooner rather than later so they could enjoy a break - or go to county cricket."