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February 23, 2011

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Ricky Ponting has escaped with a reprimand from the ICC after the incident that resulted in a damaged television in Australia's dressing room during the win over Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad on Monday. Ponting was not fined and there was no formal hearing, after he accepted a level one charge and the reprimand from the match referee Roshan Mahanama.

Ponting was visibly frustrated as he left the field after being run out, and he threw his groin protector at his kit bag, only for it bounce up and hit the corner of the television. The Australian camp stressed that the damage to the TV was accidental and he immediately reported it, but the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) still filed a complaint with the BCCI.

Ponting was found to have breached clause 2.1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match". However, while the level one charge could have carried a fine of up to 50% of Ponting's match fee, the ICC accepted that the incident was unintentional.

"Ricky knows that his action was in breach of the code, involving a brief moment of frustration," Mahanama said. "That said, it was clear that the damage he caused was purely accidental and without malice, he apologised shortly after the incident at the ground and immediately agreed to pay for the damage."

It was the second time in two months that Ponting found himself charged with a level one offence, after he was fined 40% of his match fee for the Boxing Day Test, over a prolonged debate with the umpire Aleem Dar over a decision review that went against the Australians. The latest incident has captured the attention of the local media, with several newspapers reporting on the morning after the game that Ponting had smashed the TV with his bat, which was not the case.


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Posted by ScottyMuller on (February 25, 2011, 6:40 GMT)

Ricky Ponting is a champion, Australia was the best team in the world for more than a decade thrashing all before them, including India. So snipe at him all you like, people ... no-one can take away his record. Can I ask Indian fans, why it is that you don't actually attend Test matches ... ?

Posted by M on (February 25, 2011, 2:15 GMT)

I like to see a guy that is riled and frustrated at getting out in such a needless fashion... shows that he is still hungry to be playing big innings and frustrated at the lost opportunity... would be more concerned had he just walked off with a shrug and a smile as though he had done his job for the day... ... what a wonderful piece of outfielding... as a batsman you accept that those things are unlucky ways to be dismissed ... doesn't remove the frustration though. ... ... I can imagine him getting back to the dressing room and seeing the replay and throwing whatever he had in his hand at the time ... ... LOL - I wonder if his aim was as good as Mpofu on this occasion.

Posted by michael on (February 24, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

Chandu Lakkimsetty, love this line " or we are all stupids", sums it up perfectly!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

was this TV wall mounted or kept just beside ponting's KIT? or ponting must be hanging gis kit just beside wall mounted TV or we are all stupids and only Mahanama is intelligent.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

that aint a big issue...everybody gets pissed off when they dunt get what they had aimed for.......itz not sth to blow up as a matter of grave concern....

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

It is a shame! for ICC , for Ponting & for CA. How can you put dust in whole world's eye by this lame story. People make mistakes but accepting their mistakes shows their greatness.

BTW if Ponting belongs to Pakistan he should be sitting for two matches and will be paying 50% of his match fee. That's he reality and we have to accept it that we have two standards everywhere.

Roshan Mahanama: Sir, we have received a complaint against you, we are very sorry about it but you know about this media.

Ponting: I through my box on my kit and it damaged the tv (Was this kit a Tampolene).

Roshan Mahanama: No problem Sir, we will take care of it. Again, very sorry to calling you here.

Posted by J Ranjith on (February 24, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

Listen, those people who says Indian media is blowing this up. If Andrew Symonds had done the same mistake, he would have chastised by, any guess, Ponting himself with additional fines by Cricket Australia and two year ban from playing cricket by ICC and the country's government exiling him back to England for next 5 years! That's what Symmo faced for not attending a team meeting while fishing, and this is how Ponting continues to escape with "reprimands".

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

bad news... he must b punished..

Posted by steve on (February 24, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

We love you too Team India! Regards, Team Australia, World Cup winners 1999, 2003, 2007, soon to be 2011

Posted by Adrian on (February 24, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

He should have had to buy a new TV. Hopefully his fine covers it.

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