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Ponting to face disciplinary charges
February 23, 2011
Ricky Ponting will be charged by the ICC over the incident that resulted in damage to a television set inside the Australian changing rooms during their win over Zimbabwe on Monday. An ICC spokesman confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Ponting would face a charge, although no official details would be released until the Australian team arrived in Nagpur on Wednesday evening.
The ICC received a report on the incident from the BCCI after the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) lodged a complaint with the Indian board following the match in Ahmedabad. Lachy Patterson, the Australian team's media manager, said Ponting had thrown his box at his bag when he returned to the rooms after being run out.
He said the protector bounced off and hit the back of the television, and a small part of the screen stopped working. "The screen did not smash, the TV did not leave the table," Patterson said. "A small area of the screen had loss of picture. We apologised and went straight to the team manager and asked him the screen should be replaced which he immediately did."
However, while Ponting apologised for the incident and the Australians thought the matter was closed, the GCA secretary Rajesh Patel disagreed. Patel said: "This not fair on part of the Australian team."
The Australians remained in Ahmedabad for two days after their win over Zimbabwe, and were due to arrive in Nagpur on Wednesday evening. Their second match of the tournament is against New Zealand on Friday.
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