Bangladesh v India, 1st Test, Mirpur, 1st day January 25, 2010

Harbhajan reprimanded for kicking advertising board

Cricinfo staff

Indian offspinner Harbhajan Singh has been officially reprimanded by the ICC match referee Andy Pycroft for kicking and damaging an advertising board after a misfield near the boundary during the first day of the second Test in Mirpur.

Harbhajan pleaded guilty to the Level 1 offence of the Code of Conduct which relates to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings". Since he didn't challenge the verdict, there was no need for a hearing.

"While giving my verdict, I took into account that Harbhajan admitted his mistake and apologised for his actions," Pycroft said. "I also accepted Harbhajan's explanation that he had kicked the advertising board in frustration. Professional cricketers try to give their best effort when they are on the field and whenever they don't live up to the standards they have set for themselves, they feel disappointed. However, venting their frustrations in this manner is unacceptable.

All Level 1 offences carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50% of the match fee.