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April 7, 2005
Inzamam-ul-Haq has had his second run-in with the ICC match referee, Chris Broad, in the space of a fortnight, after receiving a reprimand for his reaction to being given out in the second one-day international against India at Visakhapatnam.
After the third Test in Bangalore last month, Inzamam was suspended for one Test and fined 30% of his match fee for showing dissent against umpiring decisions. This time, he has escaped with just a slap on the wrists, after reacting angrily to his run-out in a match that Pakistan went on to lose by 58 runs.
Inzamam pleaded guilty to an "abuse of cricket equipment" when throwing his bat towards the pavilion after being dismissed. He was found to have breached Level 1.2 of the ICC Code which relates to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings".The hearing took place when players and officials arrived in Jamshedpur for the third match in the series.
"As captain, Inzamam must learn to set the example for his team to follow," said Broad. "The player has apologised for his actions and I hope that we will not see this repeated." All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50% of a player's match fee.
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