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 ?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on August 9, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    is it just me ... or did Broad just get away with a mere slap on the wrist. I think it should've been a more severe sentence. It's only "heat of the moment" until someone gets hurt ..

  • Alkais on August 9, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    'heat of the moment', 'aggression', 'passion' --- all these are nonsense.. Stuart Board should have been banned for 1 match. Clearly everyone can see , the way he throwed the ball at the batsmen was intentional. And he apologized just to cover what he has done. This is double standard being followed by Match Referees. Just because his father is a Match Referee and he plays for England or being and Englishmen doesnt mean that he can behave how he wants. When he doesnt know how to behave, he shouldnt be playing. I dont understand why Match Referees are scared of giving harsh punishment to players coming from Aus,England and SA. If it was an Asian Player he would have been taken to task by the Referee and Media People. Its time that Stuart Board should be taken to task. Just because he has pleaded guilty its not that he should be given lesser punishment. All these Players from Eng,Aus are smart, they just behave like these,insult players from other country and plead guilty when reported.

  • manjulap on August 9, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    The rate things are going, I won't be surprised if one day a batsman swing his bat at a bowler and say I was frustrated since he was trying his best to get me out ha! ha! ha!!!!!!!

  • cooliechile on August 9, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Sulieman Benn got banned twice in the recent past for verbal altercations. Broad's actions could have caused physical damage, and he'll get away with it??? Where is the equality in this????

  • whyowhy on August 9, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Well done Maddugalle, it will be best if you take father and son out to dinner tonight and celebrate with a good bottle of wine. Send his mother a chocolate cake for producing such a well mannered and good boy..... Explore the possibility of handing some fine to Haider as he might have provoked little Stuart into thowing the ball at him. The biggest sucker match referee ever to bloom from Asia.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 9, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Guys you Must give him "Benefit".1st he is an "English" Player and 2nd he is son of Match Referee (Match Referee who tells others how to behave while playing at International level) I do agree with @Itchy that his apology was like "sorry... that I missed your head"...50% deduction of Match fees is not sufficient But he should get some discount due to his Father..

  • gelert on August 9, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    I am from the UK and Broad has brought English cricket into disrepute. There is no excuse and he should have been sent off the field and banned for a year.

  • Stark62 on August 9, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    WTH!!!!

    He should have been banned for 1 game at least for that throw, it could have so easily caused an injury to the batsmen who has to wicket keep is well plus this ain't the first time either.

  • on August 9, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    I am from the subcontinent and this decision is very bad.

  • Guruprasad.S on August 9, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    This is not the first instance of Broad's poor conduct, nor will it be the last. He is petulant, and disrespectful to the opposition and the game in general. Worse, he justifies all this in the name of 'playing for England', 'heat of the moment', 'aggression', 'passion', etc, where none of these are the factors. The fact is that he is an Englishman, and that too, son of an ICC Match Referee. He thinks he can get away lightly, and he does. No surprise that in spite of his track record, this is the FIRST time he is being charged. He tried to verbally unsettle Sourav Ganguly in 2007 in England. Ganguly gave him an earful, and Broad was scurrying for cover. I would like to see how Broad behaves in Australia in the Ashes. Aussie players and spectators like to get on the nerves of people who show aggression without backing it up with performance. Not to say that Broad is not a performer. It is just that in Australia, he may not find sympathy from match referees coming easily, so watch out.

  • on August 9, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    This Stuart seems to have attitude problem. I have been following him since his first series and this guy thinks he is special. I thought Yuvraj tonking him for six sixes in an over will bring him back to ground but seems I was wrong. This guy still is as annoying as he has always been. BAN HIM!!!

  • selvasnz on August 9, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Hi, I hope, this is not enough punishment, especially him. He deserves a match ban. Try to impose him, both. Then, need to remove Chris Broad from the panel too.

  • Winsome on August 9, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Honestly, it just makes a nice change to see that they have actually thought his behaviour warranted fining. Considering what he gets away with, I didn't think he'd get in trouble at all.

    Now what about his celebrating before a decision (not out) has been given? Lee and Asif have both been fined in their careers for this and he is a serial offender.

  • Mr.Generous on August 9, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Him being given only a fine of 50% match fee is the level of inappropriateness there is in this game. Had it been a non western this would've been without a second thought a match ban.As in this case broad has gotten away with disrespecting the umpires and then throwing the ball at the opposition player.Then one would think this much power and will can only be in someone knowing there is a hand behind them.Utterly ridiculous and disgusting.Exactly like ponting got away with elbowing Mohammed aamer and Aamer was told off for running in the batsmens space.What is this world coming to.

  • pdkhan on August 9, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    He has received too mild a punishment for his abject behaviour. And this just because the decision was challenged! Borad or for that matter any body in that situation ought to be taught a tougher lesson for that arrogance.

  • Mr.Generous on August 9, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    It is always the same. People with authorities get away with rubbish and unacceptable attitude on the field.This is heavily disgusting.Broad had been pushing his limits by neither referring to the umpire for decisions and instead running in celebration, and, nor behaving according to the laws of this great game.Is this because of the authorit behind him that he pushes his luck knowing he'll get away and/or is it ignorance!!!!!!!!!!!!?

  • AK47_pk on August 9, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    had it been an indian or pakistani player, everybody whould,ve been screaming by now...remember the incident where Afridi showed bat to spectator?? mr malcom speed took the action by himself and band him for few matches....these english ppl talk about sportsman spirit but it apply omly on others not on teir players....broad should be band for atleast 4 matches....i would ask pak bowlers to have a go at him when he comes to bat...few bodyblows nd arrogant man will cry cuz we all kno how brave he is...

  • on August 9, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I was greatly surprised that Broad wasn't punished for the ball stepping incident. Refereeing is getting stupider by the day. I am starting to think that probably Chris Broad being a match referee does play a role in Stuart getting off the hook all the time.

  • on August 9, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    This is shocking. Disappointing to see that yet again Broad gets away with modest punishment. Mind u he is a repeat offender with absolute disregard to the great game. Very satisfying to see Haider scoring a well balanced and well paced knock. It is intriguing to see how these bowlers who call them selves a class apart succumb to slightest bit of pressure. Would love to see Amir and Co decimate England now.

  • Subra on August 9, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    The Pakistan team had more excuses at being frustrated - but they did not hurl the ball at Prior, Morgan or any of the English batsman.

    Why do we run for excuses when Broad does it - instead of condemning it Swann rushes to his defence with a load of trash, which he (Swann) should be ashamed of.

    It is n heat of the melting pot that gold shows its character - Sadly Broad lacks it.

  • moinilyasneral on August 9, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    The only way to teach this spoilt son of a..... Match Ref, no less, is to fine him 100% of his Match fee, AND suspend him from any form of cricket for 5 years...I am sure Chris would have reacted in my way, if it happened by any "non fair skinned" player where he was Match ref. Stuart has been "on the verge" , as it were, several times for being unsporting on the field, and only his father's behind the scenes actions have saved him. And Swann said "he can't throw the ball hard enough to hurt anyway"...this about a fast bowler...what does Broad do when he is fielding in the deep and a ball comes to him? Throw it so that it bounces 5 or 6 times before reaching the wicket keeper? He should have tried this with fiery Punjabi Yuvraj when he smacked him for 6 sixes...Yuvi's 7th. would have been him smashing 6 of Broad's teeth !! Madagulle, as seen from Howard's rejection, do not forget we sub continenters have clout, so go right ahead and do your worst to Stuart..we are behind you !!!

  • Cricket_my_Heartbeat on August 9, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    If we talk about frustration, Pakistan could show it when K Piterson was given notout on a delivery called dead ball, and to show frustration showed by S Broad is something that should be punished heavily. Every one talks that its a gentleman game, but is it allowed to hit opponents without reason (can be hit while bowling) in gentleman game and then call it frustration? S Broad should be punished for rest of the series.

  • on August 9, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Maybe if the Pakistan side showed as much passion about the game then they wouldn't be heading for a 4-0 defeat in this series. I'm not condoning what Broad did - he needs to be punished for not appealing to the umpire especially - but it seems Pakistan are better at complaining and having a cry than actually building a proper Test match innings. Come on harden up Pakistan! I want to see some fight in this series - I have been supporting you all summer and was at Lords when Afridi holed out and Marcus North ripped through the rest of the side. It wasn't pretty but I still believe Pakistan can turn things around and take some positives home with them by the end of this English summer.

    PS: stick with the young guys - forget Y & Y.

    PSS: if you think 120-170 runs will be enough today then you are having a laugh. England will chase down anything under 280.

  • indianzen on August 9, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    its 8th complaint on Stuart broad, I think its very unfare on English sportsmens to sledge. This means that English cricketers are popular for sledging... example Flintoff , Jones...

  • SOURAV_LIVE on August 9, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Perhaps he need another YUVRAJ's treatment of 6 6s in an over, that will ground him. He is lucky- AFRIDI isn't around.

  • usman_nile1994 on August 9, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    I'm just tired of this racial discrimination and yet England and Aussies blamed us as racists in the Howard matter. The Asian countries should really object against this. Harbhajan was also punished wrong. Symonds is not a good guy everyone knows. While last year Sulieman Benn got ban and Johnson and Haddin escaped with fines. Broad thinks himself as a hero. He has done it many times. He should be banned. I hope he should be taunted by Asians in the World Cup and may he lose hi temper. I would love too see India Pakistan and Srilanka on the top of rankings and Aussies-England on bottom.

  • on August 9, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Stewart Broad is a "Chip of the old block". His father was no paragon of virtue.

  • malik80 on August 9, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    ahhh poor English .. got same standards as Ausssies :D Look at their attitude all the day yesterday ..

  • graenew on August 9, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Yes I agree, Broad has been unduley dealt with on previous occasions....and Swann is stupid to consider that the general public would believe his tissue of lies...of course Broad ment to throw and hit Zalquarnian. But "hrmalladi" dont use the race card it makes you sound like you have a chip on your shoulder.

  • JackTrez on August 9, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Very curious to see if Broad gets a ban or a fine. Same are saying because it's his first offence he will get a fine. However, I seem ti remeber Suleman Benn getting banned first his first level 2 offence last winter - anyone remember which the referee gave Benn the ban? - a Mr Chris Broad.

    We will now see if double-standards still exist in cricket.

  • ice6430 on August 9, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    just shows hes from a council estate,throwing ball at batsmen ,he should be fines and banned that will teach him a lesson.oh i forgot hes english he getaway with it.slap him a couple and tell him not to be a naughty boy.

  • LeoSaqib on August 9, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Well, He Stuart Little's story is real fantasy material. He became test cricketer at at a such tender age when English blokes are sweating at clubs, wishing to be selected at league level and dreaming to join some county's second eleven, and if luck favour, get a chance at T-20 or ODI, and eventually at test level, after a struggle of about 10 years.But he is not an oridinary English boy, is he? Take a look at his career, mediocre at times and below average mostly, but he is always preferred our all other, less fortunate bowlers, be it Bresnan or A.Shehzad, Sidebottom or Sajid Mehmood.Even after the creation of un-breakable record of 6 sixes in an over, he still remains the blue eyed prince for English selector, then why should bother to respect other players and umpires? If he thinks it is out, then batsman should walk towards the pavelion, regardless of umpire's judgement.

  • on August 9, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Its very clear that he got away many times and will get away again probably with a fine,had it been any other player,he would hav gt banned.Mr Sunil Gavaskar said this,but he was lampooned,even in Cricinfo by sumone who I dont want to mention.His father obvisly is the reson,but Mr.Chris Borad shuld realize that it will be determental to his son in the long run.

  • sowri123 on August 9, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    I really do not know whether the umpires noticed or not. He was walking all over the pitch after his follow through. As a t.v. viewer, I was able to see it. How come umpires did not see it.

    As Gavaskar rightly said, these rules are only for Asian players and not for English and Aussies.

    It is time that ICC takes action against Broad (i mean broad action).

  • on August 9, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    BROAD has alwayz been getting away with things lyk this... This aint the 1st tym!!! PS: The amount of verbal-Abuses every1 in the field was givin 2 the poor Zulqi and Aamer and Ajmal was jst ridiculous... And wat about wen Finn told Zulqarnain 2 pick up the ball 4 him 4rom the ground??? Wasnt that harsh???

  • Emmaye on August 9, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Broad get away with things because of his father... He should be made an example for the sake of his father. We know how quickly he could punish PAK players in the past. Teach Stuart a lesson and tell him to stop thowing his toys out of his pram, and grow up. I agree with all the above JUSTICE doesnt apply to ENG or AUS so we will see .....

  • Mustfeez on August 9, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Well, Mr. Broad deserves to be punished. The ICC officials creat differences with punishing Asian batsmen's and not punishing their own by themselves. If this was done by a Pakistani bowler, all English media would be crying hardly by now and he should be banned straight away. What now? Let go that loousy bowler who was frustrated by batting in a "test match"? Well that really have exposed English bowling temprament. Good Luck Pakistan.

  • redneck on August 9, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur i think you can add india to that, sehwag in south africa, harbajan pretty much had to slap his own national team mate in the face infront of half the bcci before they would take action and suspend him after they played the icc for fools and had umpires replaced! what you fail to mention is most english and australian players plead guilty as they admit to wrong doings where the sub continent teams tend to plead not guilty, then scratch their heads and scream racisim when they get delt with harsher, instead of owning up straight away and getting off lighter!

  • Wasif_Minhas on August 9, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    This is something beyond comprehension, and badly effects spirit of the game. Even the guys playing in streets won't tolerate such poor behavior. If you can't hit the wicket there is no point in hitting the batsmen with throws. But I have little hopes of a justified penalty on Broad.

  • kvirdi on August 9, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    He is just charged yet, let's see what he gets as punishment. There are all kind of exceptions for English and Aussies players. They are rude ... frustration, what do you mean by that? Pakistan is a test playing nation with good records. They are in rebuilding state and even in this stage they can beat this english team if they play at their home ground with supportive crowd.

    England always struggle to emerge as champoins even though they are the one who started this game ....

    Kamaljeet Singh, true Indian, cricket lover

  • ukapadia on August 9, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Broad should be penalized for his actions, a minimum ban of a match. There have been incidents in the past where players from subcontinent have been banned for reasons similar to this. i remember Mohd Amir being warned for running into the batsmen while he jumped during his celebration of taking a wicket. If he can be warned for such a harmless action.. Broad should be banned for a match.

    Completely disagree with Swann though... that broad cant throw the ball hard enough to hurt someone... and even if he cant throw it hard enough, it doesnt give broad the luxury to throw the ball at the batsmen neither does the fact that he is a son of a former player.

  • on August 9, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    this is part of game .. so many times players did that .. so this is not to be worry

  • EngineeredVirus on August 9, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    If he is fined, I would certainly advised all Pakistani players to hit the English batsmen. So what if they are fined the 50% of their match fees...

    Clearly such actions deserve more than a 1 match ban. One gets a more severe punishment in football for elbowing a player.

  • CHARLA on August 9, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    i was thinking and telling others that U.K. is about the most free country you can come across,at least in cricket.they generally rise above national and petty considerations in team selection,their comments on TV and their generous praise of good play and players.so where did this BRAT BROAD come from?and why is he being tolerated by the match referees,asian as well as western?it is time they stood up--or the ICC MAKES THEM DO SO--and punish him with a suspension.in fact the ECB will be setting a good example if they drop him for the next test,if not for the SERIES. AND,CONGRATULATIONS ZULKARNAIN--YOU ARE TERRIFIC.ONE CANNOT IMAGINE HOW YOU CAN BE SO STRONG WITH ALL THE PERSONAL WORRIES.I AM AN INDIAN AND STILL I FONDLY HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE DOING WELL,WITHOUT THE PAKISTANI SELECTORS DROPPING YOU! coming back to-BROAD-LET THE MATCH REFEREE AND ICC PROVE THAT SUNIL GAVASKAR WAS WRONG ABOUT WHAT HE WROTE ON BROAD A FEW MONTHS AGO.HE TOO WIULL BE HAPPY TO BE PROVED WRONG,I AM SURE.

  • on August 9, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    this is part of game .. so many times players did that .. so this is not to be worry

  • abaidawan on August 9, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    yups...Gupta..u r right.....England and Australia are above of all rules....they cant ball temper...they cant be undisciplined.....their action cant be wrong...all these things can only be happen to Asian players....weather they do or not...but the persons from these two countries will at once blame Asian players for all that....like they said Pakistani bowlers Ball temperer when they invented reverse swing...and Murlitharan action was also said to be wrong....as he is a great Cricketer...Mr Dairel Hair blamed Pakistan to be Ball temperer and srilankan team as well...but he was above the rules ......so Mr Stuart Broad should not worry.....i havent played cricket ..but if My father would be Match Reffree i would also be a fast Bowler from Pakistan....Shame on u Broad

  • Peace_Lover on August 9, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Finally some action from match refree but thats not enough .. I really never liked broad spirit .. He thinks he is TOOO GOOD .. He celebrate rather than appeal.. But as always he will get away with that with a warning or something THANKS to his dad ..What he did yesterday for throwing like that .. its a shame

  • on August 9, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    It's extremely shocking for me, seeing frustrated Junior Broad throwing the ball with his power at the batsman and it's in presence of HIS HIGHNESS THE SENIOR BROAD, THE ONE AND ONLY MOST STRICT REFEREE IN THE WORLD, who never leaves any opportunity to penalize harshly to any of the sub-continental players for even a silly mishap. What were you doing Mr. Senior Broad seeing your pet doing so in the ground, didn't you ashame ?!! It's so easy to become most strict referee and penalize everyone who comes in your target, but when time comes on you or your pet it's difficult to digest, you naturally be frustrated, but one who got brought-up in real characteric hands never go beyond the limits, take the example of Malinga, anybody seen him misbehaving despite a geniune fast bowler he never shows his frustration. If senior Broad is a real gentleman, he must step forward to apeal for the junior Broad's harsh penalty, that'll make him a real strict referee. Now the world is waiting for penalty.

  • Jim1207 on August 9, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    What is frustration here? English cricketers are becoming more heavy in their heads and they bang for Pak playing 100 overs in a long time! If they are frustrated, they should take wickets, if they can't, should bowl or sledge silently. What would he do if he plays in Srilanka & Sanga-Mahela pair scores double tons! He should learn from Indians' behavior here. This guy is England's Sreesanth but either ECB or ICC is punishing him to teach lessons after numerous incidents. He is becoming more ugly every day and that boyish charm is going away. If they get fristrated for this small debutant scoring half century, how are they going to win Ashes! Luck wont be in same side always, buddy, it knows when to go to other side of the mountain and you would see bare rock in few days.

  • UncleMortRevisited on August 9, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Chris Broad is a good young cricketer but in this case he is "bang out of order". He should be made to apologise fully and properly and it would do him no harm to be fined or even dropped for at least one match. Yes he was frustrated as all England players and supporters were but we should all have been admiring the tenacious batting being displayed by our opponents. Well played Zulqarnain Haider and his lower order team mates! Hopefully the Pakistani team will take great heart from yesterday's efforts and we can look forward to a "Real" Test Match next time. If we are preparing for the Ashes we need to have stern opposition and as we all know only too well, a Pakistani team playing well can be truly formidable opponents.

  • on August 9, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Like father like son.......

  • manjulap on August 9, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    I totally agree with Sandhu, Chris being the father should give him a good smacking irrespective of Stuart getting a ban or fine or what ever, put some common sense into this lad. Chris himself being a match referee how can he judge others when his own son is a miscreant! think and act Mr. Broad's!!!!!!!

  • on August 9, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Being a Pakistani ... i agree with all the comments, BROAD will not get any fine, since Uncle SAM (Chris BROAD) is there to watch over him.. I will be shocked if he even get a 5 percent fine of his match fee (not even thinking abt him getting a match ban) coz he is not from Pakistan or India...Ausis will take care of his attitude as they dont like any one having a bullish attitutde like they do...

  • on August 9, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Had it been one of the Asian teams, the case would have been totally different. They would have been immediately fined. But, as we all know, the others, especially the English and the Aussies are normally spared. ICC should change their attitude towards Asian teams.... We have four test teams from Asia (Pak, Ind, SL and Ban) and other teams which are yet to gain a test status (like Afghanistan, UAE, China, Nepal). There are more international teams from Asia than any other part of the world. Asian Cricket Council should take strict notice of the biased attitude of ICC towards the Asian teams.

  • indianalways on August 9, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Father protects son! Ca you imagine if a India/Pak bowler/fielder had done that - i can see the headlines in the Brit press...shameful racism...that Madugalle had the gumption to at least take it to level 2 is a wonder...how many more games is he going to get to referee?! I love Swann's explanation - I am sure that Broad is such a regular guy with not a bad bone in him and if he ahd a chance he would have rather hugged Haider! In 2 words - Broad: You stink!

  • Strongscotch on August 9, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    There was another incident early in the day when an appeal for caught behind where Broad never even bothered to look back at the umpire..ran to celebrate ..Azar Ali was given NOT OUT but the England never went upstairs. Shane Warne said that was Weird and commented on Broad..saying he was warned for not turning back to face the Umpire in earlier matches ..why was he not reported by the Umpires here? It is a very clear rule..

  • on August 9, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    having a dad as match official certainly helps....and on top of that he's English... how many times ve we seen an Engish or an Aussie been banned...Gambhir gets a ban and ponting doesnt even gets a caution....and every1 will forget about these incedents after sometime....

  • on August 9, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Broad should be punished!! i think England got habitual to get through Pakistan batting so quickly so they got frustrated by some resistance.. but it should be tackled carefully by match referee otherwise our belief will get even stronger that action can only be taken against Asian teams!!

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 9, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Guys you must give Broad some "Benefit".He is an "English" player and son of "Match Referee".(The Match Referee who tells others how to behave in the field..).I fully agreed with @Itchy that it was a kind of apology like "sorry..... that I missed your head" and "had I been umpiring it would be not out every time".When you don't respect other you are also not deserve for that.

  • 158notout on August 9, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    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.

  • rovar on August 9, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    I was right in my assessement of Englan bowling attack. It is nothing but a medicore bowling attack which is thriving on faverable bowling conditions & weaker opposition. When conditions are not favouring them they are just an average side. They are 100 odd runs to get to win this test.These are early jitters for them. Watch out England. They yet to prove a lot, their ultimate test will be Ashes series, World cup next year & a very strong Indian side visiting them next year. So, just remember one swalow does not make a summer. Finally word of caution for Stuart Broad Yuvraj singh is visiting next year.

  • on August 9, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Why Stuart Board is left behind every time without giving him a proper punishment ??? If player from Asia perform this type of gesture in a match, They are banned for a match or two without listening there appeals. This shows the ICC policy toward the English player. Bloddy Hell.

  • on August 9, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    i hope this incident will ignite some fire in the belly of Paki cricketers and they will play real aggressive cricket to make these arrogant english men realize that we are good enough to knock them down...

  • demon_bowler on August 9, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    I like Stuart Broad, and there is normally never any malice in his petulance. This incident, however, was just plain ugly. I think a one-match ban would do him the world of good, as he's had enough warnings. By contrast, Zulqarnain was utterly charming the way he went about his stylish rear-guard. Pakistan's best day of the series, and some real test cricket at last!

  • on August 9, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    I think he is charged for missing the "Target". He will not be fine but may dropped by the fielding coach because of poor fielding (missing the target- Head of Zulqernain)

  • bharath74 on August 9, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    if it was anybody other than ENG, AUS, or NZ was involved, the punishment would be definitely harsh, Chris Broads double standards are well known.

  • on August 9, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    i hope this incident will ignite some fire in the belly of Paki cricketers and they will play real aggressive cricket to make these arrogant english men realize that we are good enough to knock them down...

  • mk49_van on August 9, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    This brat gets a reprimand, and not a multi-match ban that he deserves. Had it been a Pakistani or Indian bowler....

  • atta4627 on August 9, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Whatever Mr. Broad apology later on but he has done that intentionely, so he must be punished immediately.

  • NirmalKumarS on August 9, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Should be punished. No excuses.

  • maddy20 on August 9, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Chris Broad is happy to offer one-match bans to Asian players especially Afridi, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh. Honestly speaking the system is so screwed! Can you tell me another game in which a player's father is the referee?

  • on_the_level on August 9, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Swann reckons Broad cannot throw the ball hard enough to hurt anyone. Perhaps he should volunteer to have the ball flung at him everytime Broad needs to let off steam.

  • The_Wog on August 9, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    I trust that in the interests of absolute impartiality that - the next time a bowler from the subcontinent throws the ball at a batsman that he will also be charged - if that player is Indian, that they won't have the umpires and match referee changed for the following match

  • Ray24 on August 9, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    "He can't throw the ball hard enough to hurt anyone anyway" - wow. Talk about playing down the issue. Or maybe they wanted ZH to put up his bat and then appeal for obstructing the field - remember Inzamam and Harmison anyone?? It should be a match ban atleast given his antics previously.

  • SrinR on August 9, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Anyone wants to bet Stuart Broad will get away with a reprimand? Everyone knows it is only players from the subcontinent who get serious punishments. After all, they need to be shown their place, isn't that right, Mr Malcolm Conn and co?

  • Remo_Bond on August 9, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    if a guy from india had done this, he would by now be called sreesanth or bhajji.. I dont think those guys have ever done as much as broad.. ball fling?? No... Step on a ball?? No.. Never looking at the umpire for an appeal?? No.. Have a dad for ICC Referee?? No... Oh wait!! thats the whole point.. :D

  • 512fm on August 9, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    again!! i am so sick of broad and his games its embarrasing. even more embarrasing is he reckons his tantrums are 'his competitive side coming out' and how even though his dad is a match ref he expects to get treated no differently than everyone else. as for his non appealing i agree itchy not out evry time.

  • taemoorkhan on August 9, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Cricket-The Gentleman's Sport has departed Australia and England long ago. Butt on the other hand thinks that these spoiled brits have same respect for the game which shows his own good character. Had it been Muhammad Aamir or Asif a 2 match (remaining series) ban would have been already anounced before EOD. I think Mr Chirs should follow the great traditon of Judges (being a refree you become a judge of some kind) and should resign from his post as long as his grumpy kid is showing his guts. it will not only, greatly enhance his respect but will also make his kid less grumpy. Also I think it would'nt be a bad idea to give Zulqarnain some extra match fee (from broad's fee perhaps) for maintaining a higher standard of gentlemanship and keeping the spirit of the game alive..

  • Desi_In_US on August 9, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    It was sad to see the frustration played out in the manner it did and at the highest level. It was even disheartening to see how the apology was offered. I guess apologies and punishments are exclusive for cricketers from sub-continent. I am sure his team mates are painting a cutsy picture of pretty boy Broad... But history for Stuart Broad (only 3 years short) tells us a different story. Lets see how this plays out....

  • Pathiyal on August 9, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    I watched the scene. feel its a narrow punishment for broad. wish Sunny were the match referee LOL.

  • lucyferr on August 9, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Premeditated acts are normally considered worse than acts done 'in the moment'. If throwing balls in a fit of pique is punishable, how come sledging is ok? Some of those insults out there are really bad, and if they were said on the street, would get you thumped.

  • whyowhy on August 9, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Enough of this spoilt kid behaviour from Broad, Madugalle should ban him for a year and tell his father to discipline him before he plays for his country again, he makes the Aussies look like fairy god mothers ...........this guy is bad news for the game and if Madugalle just pats his backside and asks him to pay a fine (which means bloody nothing these days) he is sucking up to his former masters...... Spare a thought for the Pakistanis, they are young and fighting against all odds and we have an englishman behaving like a football thug right in the middle of a fight back. Hang your heads in shame England what if england was losing ?? Broad might have brought in a firearm and shot into the air whilst running in to bowl.....

  • on August 9, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Broad needs to leave cricket and make a boy band like the backstreet boys or something, cos he obviously doesn't like it when the batsmen gets the better of him.

  • on August 9, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    This is very unfortunate event no doubt but not new. I have noticed unfair umpiring decision against the weaker team like BD or other subcontinent team. Has developing country been profiled, that would be a big concern.

  • UncleNaggets on August 9, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    Broad is starting to let ego take over and dominate what has been a good career so far. He carried on like a clown all day yesterday, the ball throwing was just the tip of the iceberg. Pull your head in champ.

  • Itchy on August 9, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Boo hoo - we got frustrated! You can't roll over test match sides every time you bowl at them despite how weak they appear.

    Broad needs to be fined or banned - disciplined in some manner. The "apology" which the batsman received was half-hearted in the extreme, more of a "sorry that I miised your head" type of apology.

    The lack of appealing (particularly for LBWs) is poor at best - had I been umpiring it would be not out every time.

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 9, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    I think Broad has nothing much to worry about as players from England and Australia are rarely found guilty of anything and i am very much surprised that even a charge of mis-conduct was levied on Broad....

  • hrmalladi on August 9, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    I am surprised ! Why is this spoiled Brat being let off many a times without a proper punishment.

    If an Indian or Pakistani would have been involved they would have banned him by now.

  • bharath74 on August 9, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    He is the son of Chris Broad, he certainly wont get heavy fine. I will be surprised if he even gets minimum punishment.

  • on August 9, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Broad gets away with petulance every time--as is father is influential--he needs a one series ban at last!

  • on August 9, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    Mr Chris Broad , You should be ashamed of your son and yourself.You did not teach him any sportsmanship.You should resign so your colleagues can teach your son a lesson.Anyway the Australians will do that in few months.

  • givemefood on August 9, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    How is that a level 2 offence? An incident such as this should be a straight-forward ban for at least 1 or 2 tests. Every spectator and player knew Broad hurled the bowl to hit the batsman and he didn't miss. No apology can or should fix that.

    I'd like to see Broad (note the continued reference to his last name) punished once. He's a good bowler no doubt but a gentleman? i think not.

    Kudos to Zulqarnain Haider from this Indian.

  • rohanbala on August 9, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    The frustration was there for all to see on the face of Stuart Broad and no amount of support from your fellow players is going to save him from being found guilty of inappropriate behaviour. As the son of the ICC Match Referee Chris Broad, the junior Broad should have been more careful. You had it coming Broad..

  • on August 9, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    This is not the first occasion nor will it be the last. Stuart broad will walk away without any punishment like always. Australian/england players always escape punishment, but in the case of broad, he can even walk away stabbing a player as he is the son of chris broad..

  • nauman421 on August 9, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Excuse me, but its not a throw, he hit Haider's shoulder with the ball and even a match ban is too less of a punsihment. Broad is an insult to the game and Pakistan should protest appropriately if he escapes any ban......But being an Englishmen and son of a bigger idiot, he will survive this time again i think!!

  • on August 9, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    ICC should be man enough to properly penalize Broad for his actions. I can only fear to imagine what would've happened had a Pakistani bowler done that. Besides the forced apologies from the player, there would've been a fine AND a match ban. And not to forget warnings for appealing too much. One recent example being the 'collision' of Aamer with Ponting for which Aamer was warned but Ponting, the moron who first elbowed him, was let go without a word. Cricket has been dogged by nepotism and favoritism for a very long time and will always be with all the Cricket 'gurus' serving as ICC officials :P.

  • on August 9, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    "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

    Maybe Mr. Swann must have been sleeping during that incident. There was no apology. Maybe you need to rewatch the tape. Broad just threw the ball at Zulqarnain and just waived at him and walked away. He [Broad] was just frustrated that he couldn't get Zulqarnain out. This shows what kind of professional Broad is. I hope he gets charged.

    Similarly Ponting should have been charged in the last test against Pakistan when he stuck out his elbow while Amir was turning away. Anyways we know how that went. Stuart Broad's father was quick to go Pakistani dressing room to warn Aamir but didn't do anything to Ponting. I wonder if he is going to do the samething to his son. What a joke this is!!!

  • bigwonder on August 9, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Here we go again. The son of an ICC match referee gets away with a slap on hand. How many more incidents before Broad will be correctly punished. If a sub-continent player (namely from India, Pakistan or SriLanka) was at fault then hell would have broken loose. NO but not with Broad, even Swann says that Broad cannot throw ball hard enough to hurt anyone (I guess he must be playing in streets). What a joke. I have watched the little Broad and his don't care attitude on the field for the last three years. He appears like a spoiled brat.

    I demand that ICC show some spine and stop blaming India for showing financial power when they have corruption, neglect and what not going on in ICC.

    Shame on Chris Broad.

  • on August 9, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Oh really! One match ban or 50% match fee. I mean whats more offensive, hurting a ball deliberately or hurting a player deliberately.

  • Abaa on August 9, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    "The level two offence carries the possible punishment of a one-match ban, or a 50% fine."

    What a joke :-( Wonder what the resulting 'punishment' would have been had the incident occurred the other way round! Definitely a cause for concern is the fact that he"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." As for his attitude, he is hardly an anybody in cricket and he already thinks he is IT ... I can't wait to see him come crashing down to earth ... I hope Australia gives him a good sound beating in the Ashes down under :o)

  • Metal_Militia on August 8, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Well this guy is just ridiculous. He is not good enough for any sport, let alone test cricket. On top of that he keeps getting away with his misconducts on the field. He has been the MOST NOTORIOUS cricketer over the past few seasons. But because he is english, he keeps getting away with it. I wonder if it was young Mohd Amir or anyone from India who did it. Ishant Sharma got fined for showing disappointment towards Steve bucknor during the Sydney test when he gave Symonds not out to a clear edge. It was his first series. However, Broady, has been getting away for many more atrocious misconducts. SHAME that still an element of racism exists in cricket. HE MUST BE BANNED FROM THE GAME. He clearly altered the ball in SA, but pakistanis are supposed to be the ones who always tamper with the ball, HUH? I hate this divide and beginning to hate this game as well. If I am in the boundary while Broady fields there, he is getting hit by a ball for sure. Guess I will put my hand up unwillingly.

  • Azmat_Siddiqui on August 8, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    I am not surprised with what Broad did. It is a typical bad English behaviour. The test is for ICC what action it take against an English player. If a Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi or Srilankan bowler had acted similalry by now he would had been already punished. I wonder if this kind of double standard will ever go away.

    Azmat Siddiqui Canada

  • leave_it_to_the_umps on August 8, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    I hope daddy's boy does not get off on this charge... his behaviour today was atrocious and deserves to be penalised. throwing a ball at batsman is disgraceful and his appealing... he seems to have forgotten that the whole point is that it is an appeal NOT a celebration!

    His behaviour has been getting progressively worse and being saved by daddy all the time seems to have made him thinking he can get away with anything!

  • kitten on August 8, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Broad is a petulant kid who when things don't go his way, kicks everything in sight! And unless he is penalised sufficiently and taught a lesson,irrespective of who his father is, he will forever behave like a spoilt brat. If the number of times that Broad has behaved badly, had happened to any other cricketer, he would have been banned for at least two games and given a very stern warning. Swann taking his side is only natural, because he is a one of his team members, but everyone saw what happened, and Salman Butt was right to voice his disapproval. Enough is enough. He has certainly got talent, but he has not matured in his handling of a situation when things don't happen the way he wants them to. I am sure with proper advice from Strauss and other seniors(and not people covering up for him), he will learn and be a better cricketer/person in the future.

  • JackoLivesOn on August 8, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    What's the betting he will get minor fine, like father like son, Chris Broad broke his stumps in anger at getting out in Australia and now his son has reacted similarly. Its not long since he escaped any action for using his studs on the ball in South Africa.

    However when Chris Broad hears actions against Indian Subcontinent teams, he throws the book at them. If this was Ishant Sharma he would be banned for one game.

  • on August 8, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    Good thing the petulant little sook got reported, shame though no further action will be taken due to his fathers position no doubt...

  • clutch28 on August 8, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    So Broad and England in general were getting frustrated. So? No excuse for that. I still think the ICC should adopt a yellow/red card type of thing for behaviours like that on the field. And if they did Broad would've received a straight red for chucking that ball at Haider.

    If Broad wanted to get back at Haider, he should've changed his line and length. bowl more yorkers and bouncers at him.

  • CricFan78 on August 8, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    If it wasnt for his father , who himself was two steps ahead in petulancy during his playing days, Stuey would have been handed punishment long ago. Hand him one match one irrespective of whether he has past record or not so that this prat can learn his lessons.

  • on August 8, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Well thats sucks. Just a One Match Ban or 50% Match fee. I am pretty sure if it was done by Pakistani Player Punishment would have been worst. The only thing matter is if it was unintetionally then he should have Apologize. Kudos to Zulqarnain that being Junior to Broad he at least showed respect.

  • wondercloak on August 8, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    It's sad to see this old stroppy chestnut crop up in Englands play again...I thought they were beyond that now after the 'win at all costs' Jones/Hayden, Harmison/Inzamam, Sidebottom/Collingwood/Elliott incidents of the last five years. Also not pleased with Swann being dismissive of the incident. I know he's sticking up for his friend but this kind of thing does not belong on the cricket field....well, maybe unless you're mark vermuelen...

  • HugeCricketFan on August 8, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    This guy is a talented cricketer. If only he would stop being a baby and grow up...must have been a over protected, spoiled brat as a kid. Send Yuvi to spank him again with six sixes in an over and teach him a lesson. He keeps pulling these idiotic stunts and no third umpire has the guts to stand up, be a man and do what is needed to teach this brat the lesson he needs to learn to be a true cricketer. His dad should also finally do what he should have done years ago - teach him some real manners on the field. The big broad is known to do that and more for much lesser infractions to other cricketers. I say make him sit out a few games and give him a stiff fine - by pulling these crazy immature acts, he is also insulting the fans who want to watch a fair game. If he repeats this, ban his behind for a couple of years - that will give him time to reflect on how to be a gentleman and allow him to grow up. True champion players don't pull these immature stunts, their actions speak loudest!

  • whoster on August 8, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Very poor stuff from Stuart Broad, and a punishment is long overdue. The ball throwing incident in itself deserves a charge, but even without that, his continual refusal to appeal to an umpire has been going on too long. It's a complete lack of respect and regard to the official, and the authority of umpires should never be challenged in such a way. All bowlers get frustrated, but what happens if he's bowls all day and goes wicketless in 100 degree heat in Australia? Showing such regular petulance in a situation where England were controlling the game today doesn't say much for him I'm afraid. He's a terrific player, but it's down to the match referee to give the appropriate punishment, and ALSO to the England management to not pussy foot around this issue. He needs to be told, because if Broad can't control his behaviour when things are only marginally tough, he certainly won't in the pressure cooker atmosphere of an Ashes battle down under.

  • on August 8, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    When would this guy learn? Someone please tell him that his dad won't last him for long with him throwing these tantrums?

    He needs a good spanking, I think. Send him to SL on next tour as the lead bowler.

  • McGorium on August 8, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Finally! (That's all I wanted to say, but CricInfo wants me to enter a min of 25 characters, so there you are)

  • Kulturtrager on August 8, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Q: When is it ever 'appropriate' to throw a ball directly and with force at an opposition player?

    A: Never. The actual language used here is incorrect and is a further depressing example of the ubiquity of this word appropriate serving as a neutral, relativistic cover all term.

    The charge should simply read, 'Broad threw the match ball at the batsman'. That's all that is required. Shoehorning inappropriate into the sentence just indicates once again how much our language is debased, lazily expressed and used for political correctness vagaries.

  • saad.siddiqui on August 8, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    hope he doesn't get away with it this time....there's been enough indiscretions in the past already from broad

  • on August 8, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Well i disagree with Graem swan that Broad apologized heartidly. I would say it were stupid comments coming from Swan. You are trying to stand on the chair with no legs. Every one saw Broad's frustration and he should be penalised heavily. What if the ball he threw had injured Zulqarnain? Seems like ICC yet again going to be biased in making this decision unfortunately. It was again a very young special talent that frustrated Engish Team and it definitely shuts the mouth of those moaning about the inability of Pakistani team to BAT specially. Stuart broad is an ordinary Bowler and nothing special. He will be treated well by hard hittings of Afridi, Razzaq, Umar and Zulqarnain soon in ODIs and T20 i bet... English commentators and board have just created a hype about this ordinary bowler. There are better bowlers playing county cricket. So learn some manners and learn how to bowl Mr.BROAD.

  • awassuup on August 8, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Hey Broad, take a look at your Dad. he was a gentleman on the field. Come on do not bring shame to your respectable family. If you are frustrated, use that as an ammo to bowl better. Grow up dude. When you show such actions you are not only embarrassing yourself but your country. Smarten up and behave like a man.

  • rajputs on August 8, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    broad shld be banned one match,it all seemed intentionally, excusing means, kill someone and say SORRY and tht`s it? if no action is taken this time it ll be a routine case for guys nd then who ll stop nd HOW?

  • __PK on August 8, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    Throwing the ball "inappropriately" at the batsman? In what circumstances would it be appropriate to throw the ball at the batsman? Not that there's the slightest chance of him being found guilty, anyway, is there?

  • jazzmaster on August 8, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    There is a difference between competitiveness and petulance. Broad continues to be an embarrassment to the English cricket team. Swann is competitive and annoying but he has no malice. Send Broad back to school until he grows up. I hope his father is not interfering in ICC due process. If Broad wants to throw the ball at players, then throw the book at him to give him a wakeup call. The Aussie crowds are going to ride this boy hard in the Ashes series- we'll see if he can focus on just playing cricket instead of throwing the toys out of the cot when things don't go his way. The mark of great bowlers is that they take the 0/100 days and the 5/50 days as part and parcel of the game and just keep running in.

  • StJohn on August 8, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    "...he certainly didn't have any malice behind it...", says Swann. It's a good thing he didn't, because it looks like awful conduct on the TV replays on the news. More generally, it is good that the England bowling attack is being forced to work harder to take wickets: to keep rolling Pakistan over for 100-odd every time does neither team much good. Unfortunately I still have big doubts that this 4-man attack is capable of taking 20 wickets regularly in Tests where the pitch or the conditions are less helpful, so hopefully Broad can channel his frustration and immense talent more productively than today during the inevitable tough days that lie ahead. As for this Test, Pakistan have the ability to cause England real problems chasing a smallish total, so it promises to be a more interesting finish than looked likely two sessions ago.

  • padhi on August 8, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    should be reprimanded for his 'appeal' early in the day . Didn't bother to look at the umpire as , he was so convinced of the nick , yet didn't appeal when decision wasn't given !! disgrace !

  • leomc on August 8, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    List of Broad's ICC Players' code breaches in past year alone.

    Test 1 SA v Eng Centurion - Dec 16-20 Day 3 Over 79 Out after referral - Shows dissent to umpires' decision and had a verbal fight with Umpires(inspired Nasser Hussain to call for action from Strauss) - Level 2 Offense.

    Test 4 SA v Eng J'burg - Jan 14-17 Day 4 Over 32. Given out and still hangs around the crease unnecessary longer

    SA v Eng Cape Town - Jan 3-7 Day 3 - Ball Tampering Allegations - Clearly Unmpires noticed this and had a word with Strauss - NO idea how he was left unpunished - Reason given that SA did not complain!!!!

    Ban v Eng at Chittagong - Mar 12-16 2010 Day 5 Over 115 failed to ack appeal to umpire - level 1 offense.

    Eng v Pak Birmingham, Aug 6-10, 2010 Day 3 Over 19 - failed to ack appeal to umpire - repeat of level1 in 12 months - that's a level 2 offense!!

    Over 63 - Throws a bowl at batsman deliberately - Level 2 offense.

    and the only punishment he recieved 50 % match fee for the last act!!

  • ice6430 on August 8, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    typical english if something doesnt go their way , they resort to these tactics. they should ban him for one game loser.last time when they were about to lose in 2006 , hair the racist ozzy saved them

  • on August 8, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    if this was a pakistan player.......

  • YogifromNY on August 8, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Oh boy, it will be interesting to see what excuse the ICC will come up with this time to prevent Stuart Broad from being handed a one-match ban for this malicious incident! They have successfully managed to squash any prior attempts to rein in this spoilt, petulant, and rather over-rated cricketer, who has just gone on to add ever more egregious incidents to his sorry record. Sorry, but this gives the whole game a bad name, ICC - other than you guys, Chris Broad and Stuart Broad, no one else probably thinks this guy deserves to be let off any more for his lousy behavior on the field.

    And by the way, I am an Indian supporter, not a Pakistani supporter!

  • Hansarya on August 8, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    I think this was long time coming for Broad.

  • on August 8, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Why always Broad... 'he can bowl well but, he makes a shame of the English team. Also he was the guy who made England lose against Holland and now this? What's wrong with the guy. Perhaps they should give him stress-therapy.

  • on August 8, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    finally..., SMG stands vindicated...

  • on August 8, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Thanks God.... His father wasn't officiating this match otherwise he could've escaped this time as well. He must be banned for a match at least to give him a lesson or two...

  • leomc on August 8, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    this is not the first first time Broad is getting away with serious breach of conduct. By ICC's own code of conduct , Broad's offenses in this test alone has included a level2 offense - "Throwing the cricket ball at a player, umpire or official"; a level 1 offense - Appealing without looking @ the umpire(now read this along with his breach of conduct in Dec 2009- dissent @ umpires decision, which makes it a repeat of level 1 offense- which is actually a level2 offense). Now what does he get? fine equivalent to a level 1 offense. It is a wide-known fact that he is a repeat offender but still he manages to get away miraculously. The incident leaves big question marks on ICC and esp. Ranjan Mudugule. And remember Broad is not exactly new to Intl. Cricket to be given leeways like this - he is a 30 test, 3 year player!!!

  • RameshSubramaniam on August 8, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    This is umpteenth incident with Broad and it should be taken seriously. I guess Swann is joking. What would have happened if the batsman is hurt. What is next thing? If Pakistan last pair add another 50 runs then beamers, another 100 runs then god only knows. Also Broad was walking in the pitch which may hurt England badly. Dont forget, if pakistaan held all their chances, England would have bowled out for 125 or so. I respected England very much, But after Broad's incodent, and Swann (on behalf of team) is backing this, Pakistan should teach England lesson. Also dont forget piterson's dead ball ball and is speaking as if he is very innocent. Poor Pakistan!!!

  • on August 8, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    this spoiled brat is starting to get annoying.. I hope one of these days he messes with someone really mean like, Yuvraj, Gayle or Afridi, someone who can put this princess in his place.

  • kkrish.tej on August 8, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    broad is an average bowler with some influence in the umpiring circles... if he'd been an asian he would've been suspended umpteen times by now... guess it pays to have your father as an international match ref...

  • Venkeer on August 8, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Just because his Dad is an ICC referee, I have noticed his arrogance and no one is willing to step up. Other umpires for the same reason, I feel don't have the guts to call him. I saw the video and there was never an intention to apologize and level 2 is too low to begin and I am sure he will appeal and they will overturn that too. I am sure there was element of race in it but even without that this was too little charge for a deliberate offense.

  • Zahidsaltin on August 8, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Broad is the chosen one who has been let off many times without punishment for all his acts of indicipline. I guess he will go free this time too. Anything less than one match ban will be seen a biased verdict by pakistani fans. Had a Pakistani bowler done this to say collingwood, English media would have made it the cricket story of the season. Players do get frustrated but throwing the ball at batsmans body delibrately and then not apologising should be punished with maximum. I hated SWAN's words " and he can't throw the ball hard enough to hurt anyone anyway"

  • drcardio1980 on August 8, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Its very rude on part of Broad.

  • on August 8, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    oh these england bowlers taking 10 wkts for 10 runs in overcast and swinging,,,,, dont know how to bowl when their is not enough support from pitch,,,,,,,, hatsoff to zulqarnain haider who played like ,,,, he has experience of atleast 50 matches,,,,, his defence is solid,,,,,,, never easy to bat in tough conditions on debut,,,,,,,, i hope selectors keep him in playing 11 through out this tour including ODIs,,,,,, i pray that his father gets well soon ,,, his son has made us proud,,,,,,i hope he continues his game with same temperament in ODIs also ,,,, we need good no7 who can build partnerships with tailenders or should i say best batsmen in lineup

  • on August 8, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Stuart Broad is untouchable. He will not be charged for anything short of intentional murder on the cricket pitch.

  • on August 8, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    This is ridiculous Gavaskar even had an article on Broad and lack of action from other referees. Let us see what Madugalle does this time and Swann's explanations is just bunch of bull.

  • on August 8, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Broad is unlucky here, really. He must have mistaken Mr. Madugalle for his father...

  • on August 8, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    he should be banned for at least one test as the level 2 offense suggests. he loses his senses sometimes.

  • Faisal_Iqbal on August 8, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    This is what undermines test cricket and not some teams bad batting performance

  • napster.it on August 8, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    I wish my dad was a match referee too...

  • on_the_level on August 8, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Enough is enough! Ban this overrated, petulant, immature fellow for one match, and put him on the watchlist for the future.

  • MAD-1 on August 8, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Im sure dear ol dad will get him out of this jam the way he always does. it really is disgraceful that the rules dont apply to Stewart Broad the way they do to others.

  • on August 8, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    that the difference between aussies and england....Aussies are far more professional..These small things can destroy a good side such as england...

  • torsha on August 8, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    He deserved it. When Flintoff and co. confronted Yuvi, he hit six 6s in Broad's over. Frustration is not required in this situation. Calm down!!

  • Tansah on August 8, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    That's not fair. You know, it seems as if England players can almost get away with anything lightly. If a Pakistani bowler did that he'd get more than a one-match ban or a 50% match fee fine... he'd get eaten alive by the ICC or shot (in other words banned) by the PCB. Chrid Broad is biased. And his son (Stuart Broad) needs to control himself. Zulqarnain Haider is NOT a set of stumps, you know, he IS a batsmen who played BETTER than England expected him to, I bet. Well done Haider, brilliant annoyance tactics which are allowed... lol.

  • zublub on August 8, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    He should be slapped with 1 or 2 match ban.

  • mtahar on August 8, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Hmmmm!!! If one of our (Pakistan) bowlers had done the same thing there would have been lots of outrage in media etc and for sure 1 match ban for him. Double standards of ICC. He (broad) always has an attitude. Batting or bowling!!!! only becasue his father is also a match referee , he always gets away with it!!!!! Not fair to others!!!!

  • inzisaloos on August 8, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Like father like son. Broad senior was too fiery for his own good and it looks like Broad junior is also not averse to getting carried away and displaying a childish streak of petulance when things don't go his way.

  • RemyLeBeau on August 8, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Broad is a spoiled brat who gets away with anything because his daddy is a match referee..he deserves a match ban, but is unlikely to get one.

  • on August 8, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    It is nothing more than a accident PAKISTAN just wanted to divert attention from their childish play PAKISTAN IS WORST TEAM IN HISTORY OF GAME EVER

    STUART BROAD IS MOST LOVABLE PLAYER ALL OVER THE WORLD WE (ALL INDIANS ) LOVE HIM STUART BROAD LIKE HIS FATHER IS REAL GENTLEMEN OF CRICKET BYE STUART BROAD

  • D.S.A on August 8, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Why is the maximum penalty only a one-match ban? Did Haider need to bleed for a more excessive punishment? Throwing the ball at a player because he wasn't good enough to get him out with his own skill shows how crap he was bowling at a debutant. Also, considering this is only a charge so far, if he only gets a monetary punishment, it would show how much influence he has, through his dad, in dodging punishment for his childish actions. He should grow a set and start acting like a professional.

  • devaguptapu on August 8, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    This is not the first time we have seen such wild acts fom Broad on filed. Sunil Gavaskar did mention about this before in one of his columns that he is not being punished because of his father being a match referee himself. I personnaly feel he should be banned from playing 2 tests at the min.

  • Sanjiyan on August 8, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    He keeps on acting like a spoilt little brat when things dont go the way he had hoped for. Hes gotten off too many times now and he needs to be punished and thrown into boot camp to learn some restraint, discipline and respect.

  • JackTrez on August 8, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Amazed to see that for once Broad has been actually charged for his antics. Long overdue. Stuart is a chip off the old block and his behavior needs to be reigned in.

  • ROLAYH on August 8, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Golden child of refree daddy will not get punished...or will get away with warning or minimum fine... Sunil Gavaskar was absolutely right...

  • on August 8, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    This is not the 1st time broad has behaved like this. He should be taught a lesson by banning him for 1 match. He is constantly getting away bcos of some reason. Enough is Enough,ban him and teach a lesson.

  • shahrukh.94 on August 8, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    he's Stupid he should be banned from test cricket :P

  • ejsiddiqui on August 8, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    " The level two offence carries the possible punishment of a one-match ban, or a 50% fine" one-match ban is better option as we are also down with one bowler (Gul).

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 8, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Broad is capable of losing Tests just through his unappetising deanour. Zulqarnian Haider played a blinder, much in company with the unfancied Ajmal. I cannot help thinking that getting a ball flung at him inspired him to really put his head down and fight for his team. Who wouldn't use their anger to up their performance? And his two appeals? The first was so bad that one could have driven a tank through the space between bat and pad. If Broad channeled his energy better he might serve his team better, but at present his brainless behaviour makes one think he is a liabiliity at times. Never mind how hard he can throw, it just looks such rubbish. He loses it too often and needs to grow up.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 8, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    he is not penalised because he is son of Chris Broad, who himself was a very ill-mannered cricketer, whats the ICC doing ?

  • klobania on August 8, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    i think a ban for atleast one match should be imposed as if he was frustrated then must show aggression in his bowling

  • maysunaneek on August 8, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    england need to discipline their players,earlier this summer swann's gestures at bangladeshi junaid siddique was just plain stupid..

  • on August 8, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    I think Broad should be punished more severely.. i mean hitting the other player..that is disgraceful!

  • W0mbat on August 8, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Stuart Broad is a 6ft 5" child, he really does need to grow up. People put it down to his age a couple of his years ago to excuse his petulance, complaining. his lack of appealing and his general moaning attitude. However he is 25 now and he still behaves like a toddler, come on Stuart prove you're a man and not the kid that we constantly have to endure

  • AbhiPro on August 8, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Serves him right, it does. He has got away for far too long with his boorish behaviour.

    "He can't throw the ball hard enough to hurt anyone anyway." Really Swanny? Why not just concentrate on getting that remaining Pak wicket tomorrow? Or have you now become England's go-to apologist as well? Too many hats to don at one time, lad. Get off that high horse and stop defending something that is indefensible.

  • mrcruizy on August 8, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    why the hell is Swan defending Broad for his action? he didn appology at all or is the whole world blind not to see the " STRAIGHTAWAY APPOLOGY " from Broad? this is so stupid from Swan to defend Broad for a pure stupid and punishable act..yes it was frustration but why would he hit the batsman with the ball? its not even a hard enough fight from tht top order. i wonder if they are gona kill one of the top order batsman if they get a partnership going on ( i wonder when will it happen though ).. lets play it cool mate. its just a game. take it easy and play well thats all we want to see. fight harder yes but play it cool. and yes there were lods and lods of swearing and sledging going on and i realy doubt if any of the on field umpire has stopped these english players. i bet they r just getting a sledging practice for the upcoming Ashes.

  • on August 8, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Broad is the most annoying cricketer about, he looks like a sullen spoilt brat!!!

  • on August 8, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Broad is a spoiled baby who needs to grow up. I suspect he's always had his own way in life.

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  • on August 8, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Broad is a spoiled baby who needs to grow up. I suspect he's always had his own way in life.

  • on August 8, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Broad is the most annoying cricketer about, he looks like a sullen spoilt brat!!!

  • mrcruizy on August 8, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    why the hell is Swan defending Broad for his action? he didn appology at all or is the whole world blind not to see the " STRAIGHTAWAY APPOLOGY " from Broad? this is so stupid from Swan to defend Broad for a pure stupid and punishable act..yes it was frustration but why would he hit the batsman with the ball? its not even a hard enough fight from tht top order. i wonder if they are gona kill one of the top order batsman if they get a partnership going on ( i wonder when will it happen though ).. lets play it cool mate. its just a game. take it easy and play well thats all we want to see. fight harder yes but play it cool. and yes there were lods and lods of swearing and sledging going on and i realy doubt if any of the on field umpire has stopped these english players. i bet they r just getting a sledging practice for the upcoming Ashes.

  • AbhiPro on August 8, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Serves him right, it does. He has got away for far too long with his boorish behaviour.

    "He can't throw the ball hard enough to hurt anyone anyway." Really Swanny? Why not just concentrate on getting that remaining Pak wicket tomorrow? Or have you now become England's go-to apologist as well? Too many hats to don at one time, lad. Get off that high horse and stop defending something that is indefensible.

  • W0mbat on August 8, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Stuart Broad is a 6ft 5" child, he really does need to grow up. People put it down to his age a couple of his years ago to excuse his petulance, complaining. his lack of appealing and his general moaning attitude. However he is 25 now and he still behaves like a toddler, come on Stuart prove you're a man and not the kid that we constantly have to endure

  • on August 8, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    I think Broad should be punished more severely.. i mean hitting the other player..that is disgraceful!

  • maysunaneek on August 8, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    england need to discipline their players,earlier this summer swann's gestures at bangladeshi junaid siddique was just plain stupid..

  • klobania on August 8, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    i think a ban for atleast one match should be imposed as if he was frustrated then must show aggression in his bowling

  • ICCexpert.... on August 8, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    he is not penalised because he is son of Chris Broad, who himself was a very ill-mannered cricketer, whats the ICC doing ?

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 8, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Broad is capable of losing Tests just through his unappetising deanour. Zulqarnian Haider played a blinder, much in company with the unfancied Ajmal. I cannot help thinking that getting a ball flung at him inspired him to really put his head down and fight for his team. Who wouldn't use their anger to up their performance? And his two appeals? The first was so bad that one could have driven a tank through the space between bat and pad. If Broad channeled his energy better he might serve his team better, but at present his brainless behaviour makes one think he is a liabiliity at times. Never mind how hard he can throw, it just looks such rubbish. He loses it too often and needs to grow up.