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October 21, 2011
The England fast bowler Tim Bresnan has been fined 7.5% of his match fee by the ICC for showing dissent towards an umpire during Thursday's third ODI against India in Mohali.
Bresnan was deemed to have committed a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct at the end of the 18th over of India's innings, when he snatched his cap from umpire Sudhir Asnani after finishing his fifth over.
Bresnan pleaded not guilty to the charge, which led to a hearing at the end of the match attended by the player, the umpires, England coach Andy Flower and England team manager Phil Neale.
"The umpires deserve the utmost respect not only because they do a difficult job in the middle but also because millions of budding and aspiring cricketers watch every move of the players," said Roshan Mahanama, the ICC match referee.
"This makes all the international cricketers more responsible and accountable for their actions, particularly in their dealings with the umpires in various match situations."
Bresnan's action came during an ill-tempered performance from England, who failed to defend a total of 298 for 4 and so lost the match by five wickets and the series 3-0 with two games to play.
"A bit of chit-chat is fine, that makes the game interesting," noted India's captain, MS Dhoni. "You don't always want a friendly series, as long as things don't get too personal but I think they should change the plan for the next two games."
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