Broad fined for throw at Haider
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been fined 50% of his match fee for throwing the ball at Pakistan batsman Zulqarnain Haider on the third day of the Edgbaston Test. Broad pleaded guilty to a Level 2 offence and was fined for breaching the section of the ICC Code of Conduct relating to "throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate/and or dangerous manner".
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 Haider, 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.
"The actions of Stuart Broad were unacceptable," Ranjan Madugalle, the match referee who imposed the fine, said. "I understand the frustrations of a bowler in the heat of the moment but as an international sportsman one needs to control these emotions whatever may be the situation and always respect the opponent. Stuart, by pleading guilty, realised his mistake and I'm sure he will not repeat the same again."
Apart from a reprimand for sporting excessive logos, Broad - whose father Chris is an ICC match referee - had not been found guilty of a breach of the Code of Conduct until now, despite numerous moments in his three-year Test career when he has sailed close to the wind.