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Mills, Vettori and du Plessis fined

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March 26, 2011

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Tempers flared as wickets fell, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd quarter-final, Mirpur, World Cup 2011, March 25, 2011
In the midst of the fracas, several New Zealand players became involved in a heated exchange with the South Africans © Associated Press
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Kyle Mills, Daniel Vettori and Francois du Plessis have all been fined for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident during South Africa's run-chase in their quarter-final against New Zealand in Mirpur on Friday.

The incident occurred at the end of the 28th over, when there was an altercation between du Plessis and some of the New Zealand players following AB de Villiers' crucial run-out. Mills, who was not in the playing XI for New Zealand, ran onto the field with drinks during the short break after the wicket and together with Vettori and several other New Zealand players became embroiled in a heated exchange with du Plessis and de Villiers, who had remained on the field to offer support to his team-mate. The exchange ended with du Plessis shoving Mills and umpire Rod Tucker stepping in between the players.

The disciplinary charges were laid by on-field umpires Tucker and Aleem Dar, third umpire Kumar Dharmasena and fourth umpire Nigel Llong. They were then considered by match referee Roshan Mahanama, who imposed the sanctions.

Mills was fined 60% of his match fee for breaching Article 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which is a Level 2 offence relating to "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players". He was also fined a further 60% of his fee for breaching Article 2.2.11 of the code, a Level 2 offence which relates to conduct that is "contrary to the spirit of the game" or "brings the game into disrepute". That means Mills, who has been ruled out of New Zealand's semi-final clash by injury and replaced in their squad, will have to pay 120% of his original match fee as punishment.

Vettori was fined 50% of his match fee, also for breaching Article 2.2.4 of the Code, and a further 40% of his match fee for breaching Article 2.1.8 which is a Level 1 offence that relates to conduct "contrary to the spirit of the game" or "brings the game into disrepute". Du Plessis, meanwhile, has been fined 50% of his match fee for breaching Article 2.2.4 of the code, a Level 2 offence.

"It was a very important time of a crucial match for both sides but there is never any excuse for deliberate physical contact in international cricket," said Mahanama. "Vettori and Mills continued to act inappropriately and contrary to the spirit of the game throughout, hence the second charges were laid against them. In determining the punishment I have taken into consideration the fact that none of these players has previously been involved in similar breaches of the code."

Mills pleaded not guilty to the charges and his case was thus considered in a full hearing by Mahanama in the presence of the four umpires, Mills and the New Zealand team manager. He was found guilty after Mahanama heard oral submissions from Mills and the match officials and considered video evidence of the incident. Mills has a right to appeal both findings and has 24 hours from receipt of the decision to lodge a notice of appeal. The other two players pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the proposed sanction so there was no need for a formal hearing in respect to those charges.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 27, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

Sri Lanka should beware of NZ who might try to use desperate tactics of Sledging to ensure there entry in to the Finals. I used to be a Fan of the New Zealand team who were twice winners of the " Spirit of Cricket Award' but NOT any more after the way that ganged up on " Francois du Plessis ". On the contrary hats off to the English and there wonderful Captain " Andrew Strauss " who was graceful in defeat and should be a strong contender of the " Spirit of Cricket award " . Hope to see an All Asian final in this edition of the World Cup and hopeful this time there wont be any issues with weather or blunders by umpires.

Posted by Sharjil on (March 27, 2011, 2:20 GMT)

yes, can we ban vettori for the next match? and i'm glad that they all got what they deserved. Can't be ganging up on one player honestly. I think we all know how much heart NZlanders got after a loss. On the other hand, i believe SA players are someone to look up to for sportmanship.

Posted by Neil on (March 27, 2011, 0:56 GMT)

Good on De Villiers for stepping in and breaking it up, even though he was already out!

Posted by Shane on (March 27, 2011, 0:46 GMT)

So Vettori and Mills sledge Du Plessis...Du Plessis starts shoving people...and Vettori and Mills get charged for causing deliberate physical contact? And get fined much more than Du Plessis?

Something smells fishy here - clearly it was Du Plessis who's conduct was the worst.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 27, 2011, 0:31 GMT)

good move,no one is invincible

Posted by John on (March 27, 2011, 0:24 GMT)

Du Plessis deserved all he got after his arrogant comments mid week about an easy match.Kiwis thank him for firing up Black Caps !

Posted by chris on (March 27, 2011, 0:03 GMT)

doesn't matter anyway.....Sri Lanka...be afraid, be very afraid!

Posted by Craig on (March 26, 2011, 23:30 GMT)

No surprises there, Vettori and Du Plessis accept their punishment like men and Mills try to slither out of it. Of all the guys who have been injured this world cup I'd say Mills is the only one who deserves to go home.

Posted by duncan on (March 26, 2011, 23:02 GMT)

are you serious? it was nothing, dont be a girl. Of course you want Vettori banned,could you be any more transparent?

Posted by Paul on (March 26, 2011, 22:47 GMT)

have read elsewhere Vettori lost 50% of fee, then 40% of the remainder, this would total 70% in total. And Mills lost 60% then 60% of remainder, total 84%. Also as Twelthman does Mills recieve a full match fee???

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