IPL news May 18, 2011

Warne fined for dispute with Dixit

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Warne has been fined US$50,000 by the BCCI but was spared a ban for his public spat with Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit over changing of pitches in Jaipur during the IPL. On Tuesday the pair faced an IPL commission, comprising Ravi Shastri and league chairman Chirayu Amin, which ruled Warne to be in "serious breach of his IPL playing contract" for criticising Dixit.

The RCA had complained to the BCCI and IPL that Warne reportedly abused Dixit after his team's loss to Bangalore in Jaipur last week. The pitch used for that game, and the previous one against Chennai Super Kings, was different from the one Warne's team had enjoyed a strong home advantage on.

In taking its decision the commission took into account Warne's apology to Dixit and his status as one of the all-time greats of the game. "It (the Commission) regards the public criticism of Mr. Dixit as being a serious breach by Mr. Warne of his IPL playing contract," a BCCI release said.

"However, at the same time, the Commission also recognises that Mr. Warne has apologised to Mr. Dixit, and that the incident occurred just after the match. In addition, the Commission is cognisant of the contribution to the game of cricket in general, and to the Indian Premier League, which has been made by Mr. Warne."

The Commission also said that further breaches could result in a fine, a match ban or points deduction for the player's team, or a combination of the three.

Since the pitch was changed on May 9, Warne and Dixit have engaged in a war of words that has been fought in public, private and through the media. The hearing in Mumbai followed RCA's rejection of an apology offered by the Rajasthan franchise, with the state board also threatening further action if the matter was not resolved to its satisfaction.

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  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Warne deserves to be treated better!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    He may have come from downunder doesn't mean he can say whatever he thinks,he has attitude problem and also other problems. What If he had won the match would he still complain,he can;t just take the credit from the opponents who defeated him.Shame on you Shane!

  • Pranjal on May 20, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    its very unfair to a great cricketer like warne to be fined, i think bcci and the ipl comm. is giving more priority to the non-cricketers than the cricketers. i don't understand why non-cricketers like sanjay dixit is included in the cricketing field. its very sad for the cricketers, giving more priority to the non-skilled cricketers who doesn't know anything(abc) about cricket

  • avid on May 20, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    how funny. the EPL players and players like messi only have to pay fines amounting to 20000 dollars or less and warne who gets paid only 1.5m over 3years has to pay 50,000 dollars... BCCI trying to emulate the PCB?

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Shame on BCCI for making Warne pay $50,000.

  • Gaurav on May 19, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Well i dont have a problem with IPL committee fining Warne because of scolding Dixit but BCCI should not keep double standards here, i mean different set of rules for players and different rules for officials.Sanjay Dixit is a arrogant man himself and after Rajasthan has won the Ranji trophy he thinks himself as king of the world.Its ridiculous that no action is taken against him for insulting Warne and Sachin , who are amongst the greatest cricketers .I remember when Sehwag threatened of not playing for Delhi for obvious reasons one of the officials of DDCA made insulting comments against him.You will find many arrogant officials in BCCI like Sanjay Dixit who would even take credit for India winning the world cup

  • North on May 19, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    A very good decision by BCCI, no player is bigger than the game and cannot take it for granted.

  • Balaji on May 19, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    What is shocking to see is that same Mr. Dixit was making derogatory remarks about Sachin when he got out to a full toss that "now he can not blame the pitch" what about fine for Mr. Dixit. When IPL invites foreign players and is aiming for global reach and popularity, least such instances where there seem to be injustice to players of calibre of Mr. Warne. In any case fine of USD 50,000 is rather too harsh.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    No comparisons between sachin and warne sachin has ben far more consistent than shane warne who choked on indian pitches again and again as his statistics tell sachin has scored runs all over the world and shane warne's lows have more depth than his heights so he never comes in contention of comparison with SRT.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    No doubt Warne is a great player but does not possess good moral values. That is the main reason why he was not made the captain of Australian team. He was/is always in the news due to the wrong reasons apart from cricket. He is no mahatma. Whatever punishment handed over to him by the BCCI must be in the law book which was prior signed by each player before accepting the contract. So there is nothing wrong. No one is above the law. We should appreciate BCCI this time for its good work. Well done BCCI. If any australian cricketer wants to play in IPL they should shut their mouth and just concentrate on playing. No foul language is accepted here in India.

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