ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / News
India v England, Group B, World Cup 2011, Bangalore
Bresnan reprimanded, England fined
February 28, 2011
Tim Bresnan, the England allrounder, has been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the thrilling tie with India in Bangalore. Bresnan hit the stumps with his bat after being bowled by Piyush Chawla in the penultimate over of England's chase.
Bresnan apologised for the incident and didn't contest the reprimand. He pleaded guilty to contravening Level 1 of the Code of Conduct which relates to the "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fitting." All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and/or a maximum penalty of the imposition of a fine up to 50 per cent of a player's match fee.
"While giving my verdict, I took into account that Bresnan admitted his mistake, apologised for his action and that it was his first offence," Roshan Mahanama, the ICC match referee, said. "Further, it was encouraging to note that Bresnan on his own initiative met the umpires concerned and reiterated that his action was unintentional."
England were also fined for a slow over-rate after they were found to be one over short of the target at the end of the Indian innings, after time allowances were taken into consideration. Andrew Strauss, the captain, was fined 20% of his match fee, the rest were fined 10%.
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