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Prior reprimanded by ICC for smashed window

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June 8, 2011

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An MCC member looks at the shattered window, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Lord's, 5th day, June 7 2011
An MCC members inspects the damaged window © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 3:24 GMT)

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

Posted by MartinC 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Green_and_Gold 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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!

Posted by delboy 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....

Posted by Barkers 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.

Posted by MaxG9 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!

Posted by   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..

Posted by denwarlo70 on (June 9, 2011, 4:03 GMT)

If it was a deliberate act, then the punishment is not enough. If it was unintended, then the apology is suffice. But, reading this article, the punishment conforms with the crime committed as it is obvious the former has taken place.

Posted by Sammy_07 on (June 9, 2011, 3:01 GMT)


If Jelly Bean Prior is so passionate about playing for England, then he should smash the ball with the bat, not some innocent window!! Funny you take a jibe at T20, which is the only thing England has won of note as far as cricket tournaments are concerned!!

Posted by sivaranjani on (June 8, 2011, 23:24 GMT)

I support you Voma.Most of the Players are like this tries to Vent the anger. Nothing wrong it. These guys make it as a big issue and as if these guys are very patient in their own life..

Posted by Evilpengwinz on (June 8, 2011, 22:50 GMT)

I'm not too bothered that he smashed a window when he got out, at least it shows he's passionate about doing well for England. I'd rather have that than some players who'd probably be glad that they don't have to bat again for the rest of the match and get on the next flight to whichever T20 tournament is happening at the time.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2011, 21:50 GMT)

Looks like administrators won't understand the seriousness until someone is killed by these stupid acts by players. Pointing did it and didn't get any punishment, now another player …..and more may come……..Player needs to be heavily fined and banned for few matches.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

Just Smashing!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

what stark62 said ... so true !!! :P

Posted by PACERONE on (June 8, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

Not worth all the fuss? The glass that cut the ankle could of been the neck and serious injury. That window looks high...suggesting a lot of force was used to bounce whatever off the floor that high. The floor should be used for the matches...more lively than the pitches of today. I am glad that it was not Benn or Harbajan.

Posted by MeowCat on (June 8, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

"cutting the ankle of a lady in the pavilion. "Very careless,i thought it was just a broken window,but this is serious.Very careless and bad stuff from Prior.

Posted by swingduck on (June 8, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

Good old Pratt Prior should have the bat that "......bounced up and smashed a pane of glass........" exorcised. If that fails he could make quite a career exhibiting it at a circus. How stupid do these people think we are?

Posted by wiiCricket on (June 8, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

Ha Ha Ha. That bat was really bouncy eh? I need that bat to gift it to Laxman for IPL.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

Its hard to believe that players now a days are venting out their anger like this. Instead Prior should have shown ny gettting runs for England rather than throwing crickrting gears like playing ruby. If a sub-contitnent player had done the same, he could have faced harsh penalty instead of being reprimanded.

Posted by Stark62 on (June 8, 2011, 18:03 GMT)


If this had been a Pakistani, Sri Lankan or even Bangladeshi then, the player would have been fined heavily and perhaps even banned!

Posted by voma on (June 8, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

To me that just showes what a passionate man mat prior is , he loves playing for England . Its a window for gods sake , get over it

Posted by JAFFERISGOD on (June 8, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Well all I can say is that if this had happenned in the Huddersfield League he would have received a six match ban irrespective of any feeble excuse issued by the England PR machine. How is this incident of petulent behaviour by an England player going to help all those Junior and Youth coaches trying to instill good sportsmanship and behaviour in their players.

Posted by delboy on (June 8, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

Health & Safety issues have been highlighted here. If Double glazing or more durable windows are needed I know several contractors who can fit window material which will withstand even greater impact has described by the author. Isn't it wonderful to know Lords has been outbidded for the 2012 WI test so the likes of Messrs Pollard and Benn are safe from disgarding a sock.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (June 8, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

and the onslaught of paranoia concerning favouritism begins...

Posted by CricketChat on (June 8, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

I think the players changing rooms should be reinforced at all international grounds. While not desirable, given the stakes involved, players throwing around their equipment in frustration in the heat of moment can't be discounted in future also. It saves everyone of the embarrassment of having to apologize like school kids.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

this is called as utter favouritism ... he should be fine as it is a breach . but who cares when it comes to english player , aussies player or indian... this is called as might is right. Well done

Posted by SagirParkar on (June 8, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

A few weeks ago we saw Ponting handed a similar 'sentence' for doing something similar. A similar excuse was offered then too and I wonder if these PR people think that the readers and cricket followers are daft to believe that a box or a glove or a bat can ricochet and smash an apparently sturdy glass pane. If that is the truth the MCC need to really look into the quality of the materials they are using at Lords.. I remember Hansie Cronje doing something similar in Australia a few years ago and as far as I can recall, he had received a very harsher penalty. It is about time that governing bodies had a stern word with their players and perhaps match referees imposed more stricter penalties for such misdemeanours. Either that or we shall see our players headed the way footballers have in recent years.

Posted by Emperor_Selassie on (June 8, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

Really? was this worth all this fuss?

Posted by bigwonder on (June 8, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

Does not look like an accidental from the photo. It the top window with a big hole and surely appears to be something was thrown at or bounced on to the window. As expected ECB was ok with no further action. I am glad Srinath is the ICC match referee and he chose to reprimanded if not fine Prior. If Broad had the match referee, nothing would have happened and if it was Murali instead of Prior, he would definitely have been handed fine.

Posted by Jim1207 on (June 8, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

Looks like something or other would be bouncing across the dressing room, which is thought as a rather boring place. Prior Prior's incident, it was Ponting.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

This is getting a bit overblown. Surely the ICC only have control over what takes place on the field of play. Can they really punish someone for something taking place in the dressing room?

Posted by OopsIsaiditagain on (June 8, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

If he played for any other country, he would have got a ban & fine for it.

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