India v Pakistan, 1st T20, Bangalore December 26, 2012

Ishant, Kamran fined for argument in Bangalore T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

India quick Ishant Sharma and Pakistan keeper Kamran Akmal have been fined for their altercation in the closing overs of the Pakistan innings in Bangalore on Tuesday. The players had been involved in a heated argument in the 18th over of the chase, which Pakistan eventually completed successfully to win the first Twenty20 by five wickets.

Both players were reported to the match referee, Roshan Mahanama, by the umpires - S Ravi, C Shamsuddin, TV umpire VA Kulkarni and fourth umpire K Srinath - and charged with 'conduct contrary to the spirit to the game'. They both pleaded guilty, and Kamran was fined 5% of his match fee. Ishant, though, appealed against the penalty levied; after reviewing video footage and reiterating his view that Ishant had initiated the incident, Mahanama fined Ishant 15% of his fee.

Mahanama said with this series being so high profile, it became all the more important for the players to set the right example: "This is clearly a high profile and high-intensity series, and the players on both sides have been reminded of their responsibility. Both players recognised their duty to set the right type of example through their on-field behaviour and they have accepted that they fell short of the level of conduct required.

"The game was played in the true spirit till this incident was initiated by Ishant, who is an experienced cricketer."

The incident occurred soon after Ishant had the well-set Shoaib Malik caught of a ball that was deemed too high to be legal. Earlier the same over, Ishant had claimed Pakistan's other set batsman, Mohammad Hafeez. With the pressure building and a tight finish in view, Ishant beat Kamran and, after exchanging words in his follow-through, the two ended up standing inches apart from each other, yelling. Suresh Raina - followed by his India team-mates - came between the two, as did the umpires, but the talk continued for a while. When Ishant caught Kamran off Ashok Dinda in the next over, he was quite vocal in his celebration.

This series is a marquee one, as it revives bilateral ties between the neighbours. The previous one-on-one series between the teams was five years earlier, in late 2007, with bilateral ties hitting a roadblock following the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

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  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    in the heat of the moment ...and stress ...incidents like these can appear on screen LIVE!!..they have in past ...and i am excepting the same in up-coming matches as well...this also adds spice and media what ..ENJOY! ;)

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Cricket was always known as "A Gentleman's Game" There is absolutely no excuse for those foolishness. Batsmen should vent their frustration by attacking the bowler whilst keeping their wicket intact.Similarly the bowler can use the short ball to send a message. Not these stupid "want to fight attitude" THEY RIGHTLY DESERVED TO BE FINED

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Ishant Sharma started the agro and so I dont think he was penalised enough - now a days ICC finds it very difficult to take action against Indian players! I am sure everyone remembers the incidents during the India/ England match few weeks ago,where there was lots of bad behavior from a bunch of Indian players(including my very cool MS Dhoni) As for Kamran Akmal he should have simply notified the umpire and not reacted. Lets hope for more close and fighting matches to follow and lets play like gentlemen.

  • Amir on December 27, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    @Vaibhav Yadav, Interesting logic that overall performance does not matter and only selective performances is all that matters. So, Pakistan's much better show in the ODIs and Tests played against India "to-date" has no significance but the latter's performance in WC is what matters.

  • CriCutter on December 27, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    For Ishant, the arrogance does not match the bowling skills... at all. And for Akmal.. concentrate on your batting and make some runs.

  • Muhammad on December 27, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    These are tactics to throw batsmen off it has used previous by irfan Pathan against afridi and also akhtar vs tendulkar afriidi vs gambir and so on.. Nothing wrong with thAt at all.+ it creates little drama

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Ishant was clearly frustrated, he was brought into attack by dhoni to take wicket and both batsmen were playing well at that time. he initially tried to come in the way of hafeez who was taking a run but that ended quietly. these are all part and parcels of the game but during such a high profile series and being quite a senior members of both the teams they should have acted responsibly. More responsibility lies on Ishant who initiated but i was disappointed to see that dhoni did not act and could have prevented this to go on. Kamran played in the hands of Ishant and he was not focusing on the situation after that incident and i consider ishant was successfull in that. Kamran should act more responsibly and focus on the requirement on the match situation. it will be interesting to see in the next match how umer akmal will react to that coz he is known to act agressively when someone comes in the way of his elder brother doesnt matter even if it is his own team mate. good luck Pakistan

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    i must appericiate ,Sandy banglore,always in his posts ,is he honest. BUt one thing is sure ,ckt. has no place for these kind of brats , who bring ill sprit in game ,Hashim Amla is best eg, how player should behave in field. This ishant buddy should conc. On his game ,and this akmal guy on his wkt. keeping ,did he forget that fateful day of SYDENY TEST, were he dropped 15 catchs and also drop that winning test for pak,..

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Almost ruined the fully spirited game, such a beautiful match and without reasons Ishant Sharma was worse, now with the new generation players we shouldn't have such rivalry, the best thing is that Pakistan should play in the next IPL..........and the players get a chance to be friendly with each other I suppose..............thx.