England news June 8, 2011

Prior reprimanded by ICC for smashed window

ESPNcricinfo staff

Matt Prior has received an ICC reprimand after accidently smashing a window in the Lord's changing room on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

The incident occurred after Prior was run out for 4 in England's search for quick runs before a declaration. When he returned to the dressing room a piece of equipment, first thought to be a glove but then discovered to be a bat, bounced up and smashed a pane of glass with the shards falling onto MCC members below and cutting the ankle of a lady in the pavilion.

Prior, accompanied by England captain Andrew Strauss, went and apologised to the members before England took the field and the ECB considered the mattered closed with no further action set to be taken. However, the incident was reported to Javagal Srinath, the ICC match referee, by the on-field umpires Billy Doctrove and Rod Tucker as well as third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth official Richard Illingworth.

Prior was charged with a Level 1 offence having breached clause 2.1.2 of the code of conduct which relates to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match". Unsurprisingly, Prior didn't contest the charge.

"Matt knows that his action was in breach of the code and he should be more careful in future," Srinath said. "That said, it was clear that the damage he caused was purely accidental and without malice. It's also noted that he apologised to the ground authority for the incident."

Prior could have been hit with fine of up to 50% of his match fee but the incident won't leave him out of pocket. It's the same punishment that Ricky Ponting received after damaging a TV in the dressing during the World Cup match against Zimbabwe, in Ahmedabad, after he too had been run out.

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  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Look at how high the broken window is. How do you "accidentally" break it with a bat?

  • Martin on June 9, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    It's clear from a lot of the comments on here that most of you have never been in a dressing room or played the game at any level. Bats and equipment being thrown around by batsmen unhappy at themselves, their team mate, the umpire or the world in general happens all the time. More often than not then player is not disputing the decision but there own failure or in the case of a run out a bad call by a team mate.

    Occasionally this results in accidents like at Lords and apologies and reprimands follow. If someone repeat offends reprimands turn into fines and then suspensions. In this case Prior apologized and case closed. Now if Prior does something like this against this incident will count as previous and he can expect a more serious punishement.

    I know many want to see bias in this action - but you really are stretching reality in this case.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    they say he threw the gloves, but when he went down to apologize he was wearing both of them.

  • Justin on June 9, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    @MaxG6 - Why would you throw the book at them for? These players are angry for being out and take it out in the dressing room away from the public eye. In this case a window was broken and someone got a scratch. Prior appologised and was repremanded. He knows when he has a hissy fit next time that he has to aim for something more solid than a window. If there was a serious injury then by all means make the punishment match but there wasnt. As for ponting - the only way i knew about it was because of all the media. Players should adher to a code of conduct however i dont think they need to have the book thrown at them for being human. There are much more serious cricketing issues to focus on. And for the avoidance of doubt - this should apply to all players from all countries.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Let sleeping dogs lie. The lady who was hurt has no intention of taking the matter furthe. Prior should need to watch his temper, but let he who is without fault cast the first stone! The member who was hit by a Dilshan six on Saturday seemed more seriously inconvenienced. All part of the game.

  • Manesh on June 9, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @Fahad Kazi . exactly! we can see the double standard fro history. Subcontinent players will not allwed to argue with umpire or show their disapproval..but others can do!

  • Derek on June 9, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    When the lady who's leg was cut by the fallen glass gets hold of Max Clifford's number we will know ALL the facts....

  • Danny on June 9, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Look at the picture & the position/height of where the bat handles are. As soon as i saw it on TV i could see it could be a complete accident. It doesnt take any force to break an old window, and just a small tap from the handle coming to rest with the other bats would be enough to do it.

  • Max on June 9, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    People seem to be downplaying the incident by saying it is just venting off steam. But what if the injury had been more serious? What bothers me is the ICC giving token reprimands to both Prior & Ponting on the FEEBLEST of excuses possible. Have you seen how high that window is? Does anyone with an ounce of common sense really accept that a guard flung however hard can strike a kit bag & then send it soaring to hit a TV with such force that it damages it (we were never told the extent of the damage)? Or that the bat flung on a ground (or rested against a window, 2 versions of the event were given & when that happens, you go oh, oh...) can bounce up & hit a window that high? Why can't the authorities come outright & say hey these are just not believable excuses mate, so we are throwing the book at you. One somehow senses double standards here. I loved the comment by PACEONE regarding the bounce of the floor being more than some of the pitches used!

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    i m sure if it was sm player frm sub-continent den he wud be banned n fined for few matches..pommies n aussies always get away wid this kinda things...nthin new..so dnt be surprised guyz..

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