England v Pakistan, 2nd npower Test, Edgbaston, 3rd day August 8, 2010

Broad charged for 'inappropriate' throw

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Stuart Broad has been charged by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle with throwing the ball "inappropriately" at Pakistan's wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, as England were frustrated in their push for victory on the third day of the second Test at Edgbaston. The level two offence carries the possible punishment of a one-match ban, or a 50% fine.

The incident occurred during a defiant seventh-wicket stand between Haider, who made 88, and Mohammad Amir, whose gutsy 16 spanned 117 deliveries. Broad fielded a drive in his followthrough, and petulantly hurled the ball at Zulqarnain, striking the player on the shoulder in an incident reminiscent of Simon Jones' misjudged shy at Matthew Hayden during the NatWest one-day series in 2005.

However, whereas Jones immediately apologised for his action on that occasion, Broad's reaction was to gesture half-heartedly at the batsman before turning on his heel and marching back to the top of his mark, leading Salman Butt, Pakistan's captain, to voice his disapproval at the close of the day's play.

"Cricket is a gentleman's game but I think they got frustrated," said Butt. "It's not good to see people throwing balls intentionally at others, and not even excusing [themselves] properly. The throw was just one thing. There were plenty words as well, as everyone could see, and people kicking their bowling marks. It's just frustration when you have been bowling too long."

Graeme Swann, who starred for England with career-best figures of 6 for 60, admitted that England had got frustrated as their hopes of an innings victory were thwarted, but disagreed with Butt that there had been no apology forthcoming.

"Knowing Broady as I do, he certainly didn't have any malice behind it - and he can't throw the ball hard enough to hurt anyone anyway," said Swann. "He apologised straightaway. It was just a sign of the frustrations that were going on."

Aside from a reprimand for excessive logos, Broad - whose father is the ICC match referee, Chris Broad - has never yet been found guilty of a breach of the ICC's Code of Conduct, despite numerous moments in his three-year Test career when he has sailed close to the wind.

His persistent failure to acknowledge the umpire when appealing for lbws has irked several onlookers, while he escaped without punishment after stepping on the ball during the Cape Town Test against South Africa back in January.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • Kangarookid on August 11, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Swann's comments were only made to temper the gravity fo Broad's actions. Suleiman Benn got a more severe penalty- match suspensions. Yet Broad was only fined. As a matter of fact his action necessitated police investigation since it was done intentionally and maliciously. There is precedent for this.

  • TheBigFatFlapjack on August 10, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    @ all the english/aussies etc - people would always seek reasons for chris broad's double standards, and rightly so too. calling out any member of the public to be 'lame' for using the race card is just poor. these people have felt wronged and are just venting it out.

    in my humble opinion though, chris broad has shown he is a clearly prejudiced man and this includes being neopotic. if broad jnr managed to get away with such a painless slap on the wrist i wonder what the fuss was about mohammed amir's 'excessive celebration'.

    not trying to be judgemental here but i have a funny feeling broad jnr wants to shed his 'boy-band' image. i won't be suprised if further 'macho acts' are on the way...

  • TheBigFatFlapjack on August 10, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    @ arawana - i actually laughed out loud when i read your comment. and, did you read swann's reasoning behind broad jnr's behaviour - 'haider just wouldn't get out' - as if haider not getting out is a crime worthy of provoking such deplorable behaviour.

    @ ed fuller - just because pakistan weren't at their best does not make what broad jnr did right in any way. every team has its ups and downs and pakistan are especially vulnerable to fall into pieces (despite the abundance of talent) due to instability within the team.

  • bigwonder on August 10, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    I believe little Stuart gets his arrogance from his Dad (Chris Broad - Broodie) who had a short international cricketing career before he decided to take up commentary followed-up by ICC match referee. Checkout his profile http://www.cricinfo.com/england-v-pakistan-2010/content/player/9230.html

  • Guruprasad.S on August 10, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Apart from Broad's behaviour, this article highlights Swann's stupidity (or his capacity for blatant lies) as well. Says Swann: "Knowing Broady as I do, he certainly didn't have any malice behind it". Knowing Broad as any viewer does, he has malice and more malice behind such actions.

    Swann says: "He apologized straightaway. It was just a sign of the frustrations that were going on." Anyone who saw the match will tell you that there was no apology whatsoever coming from Broad. What is Greame Swann smoking here ? Can I have some of that stuff too ?

    On a different note, Broad seems to be a blue-eyed boy of the selectors. He gets more chances than other bowlers in spite of his rather poor bowling average of around 35.

    It is time to deliver some princely treatment to Broad the bowler, and who better than Yuvraj Singh ?

  • dummy4fb on August 10, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    @the_blue_android I am from the UK and I commented and said he should have been sent off and banned.

  • dummy4fb on August 10, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    He's not going to get banned, that's the most that will happen to him, his father is a match referee and he uses that to throw his girlie tirades. But woe to him who thinks that he'l be able to get away with everything all the time. Soon and very soon someone will hit him back then let him going crying to Daddy. Seems like even the on-field umpires is afraid of both Broads'. it's terribe

  • the_blue_android on August 9, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    168 comments and not a single comment from a Brit or an Ozzie. Awesome.

  • Senghani on August 9, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    A world record is broken by punishing him for 50% fine...i think he should be punished for at least a year taking into consideration all his acts from the time he started playing cricket...Chris Broad should retire and why are the umpires afraid of chris broad, he is not higher than the governing body...the son is taking advantage of his fathers position...i totally agree with sunil gavaskar article regarding broad on how he gets away with all punishment because of his father

  • bigwonder on August 9, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    158notout, You wrote "Gupta and hrmalladi - yes, but if it was an Indian player and they had banned him then they would just complain and threaten to end the series and then be let off anyway."

    I guess you missed the point that you just proved what we all are trying to say here. Bhaji getting a match ban Vs. Broad a mere 50% match fee after three years of disgusting behavior. I am proud that Indian team (in Australia) took matter into their own hands and said enough is enough and threatened to end the series - but then the culprits cry financial power abusing their power. Hah, what a joke. You know Brit had to eventually give up oppressive ruling over the world - now its time for cricket.

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