New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Super Eights, Grenada April 13, 2007

McCullum penalised for dissent

Cricinfo staff



Brendon McCullum showed his displeasure after falling leg before to Muralitharan for 1 © AFP

Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand wicketkeeper, has been fined 20% of his match fee for showing dissent following his dismissal in New Zealand's Super Eights match against Sri Lanka in Grenada on Thursday. McCullum reacted after he was adjudged leg before to Muttiah Muralitharan by umpire Asad Rauf after facing just two deliveries.

Mike Procter, the ICC match referee, found McCullum guilty of violating 1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct in a hearing after the match. He pleaded guilty to the charge and apologised to the umpires in the hearing, also attended by coach John Bracewell, team manager Lindsay Crocker and the match officials.

"There is a thin line between disappointment and dissent and Brendon crossed that line," Procter said. "His reaction was unacceptable but, to his credit, he acknowledged that fact at the hearing and apologised for his conduct."

All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50% of a player's match fee.