Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Visakhapatnam April 10, 2012

Munaf fined, warnings for Harbhajan and Steyn

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Munaf Patel, the Mumbai Indians seamer, has been fined 25% of his match fee for violating the IPL's code of conduct during the match against Deccan Chargers on Monday. His captain Harbhajan Singh and Chargers' Dale Steyn received official warnings and reprimands for their conduct in the same match. Munaf was also warned and reprimanded.

According to a statement from the IPL, all three players admitted to Level 1 offences and accepted their sanctions.

Munaf and Harbhajan were charged with showing dissent to the umpire over the dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara in the 13th over of Chargers' innings. Sangakkara's bails had been dislodged by an inside edge off a low full toss bowled by Munaf, but the ball also deflected back to the stumps off the wicketkeeper's pads. The keeper Dinesh Karthik was up to the stumps and the stumps were broken in one motion, causing confusion. The umpires initially gave Sangakkara the benefit of the doubt, choosing not to refer it to the third umpire.

The Mumbai players were peeved, particularly Munaf, who flung the ball on the turf as he ambled back to his mark. A furious Harbhajan Singh marched to the square leg umpire Johan Cloete, who was soon enveloped by Munaf and Dinesh Karthik, all three demanding the decision be referred. Sangakkara was eventually given out after the decision was referred.

Chargers' coach Darren Lehmann termed Mumbai Indians' behaviour "disgraceful". "It [arriving at the decision] could have been handled better. But the decision has been made, we can't do anything about it. What was disgraceful was the way Mumbai carried on towards the umpires," Lehmann said after the match. "The two gentlemen that are officiating in the game [are] trying to do the best they can to see that the game is run in the best way. What I saw tonight was nothing short of disgraceful."

Shaun Pollock, Mumbai Indians' mentor and bowling coach, said while the reaction was not "ideal", such incidents can be very frustrating for the bowler. "Actually I did not see what went on because I had run inside to see the replay, [to see] whether he [Sangakkara] was out or not," he told PTI. "Obviously their behaviour wasn't ideal because they got hauled in before the match referee, fined a match fee and given a reprimand.

"[But] it's very frustrating when you bowl someone and the umpires are not giving you that wicket. I think they [the umpires] both consulted and when they both weren't sure, it would have made things a bit easier if they had gone upstairs [to the TV umpire]. I think you can understand the players... wanting the wicket of Sangakkara, it was a big wicket."

Steyn was warned for pointing and gesturing towards the pavilion after the dismissal of T Suman in the second over of Mumbai Indians' innings.

All the offenses were dealt with by match referee Graeme Labrooy, whose decision is final and binding.

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  • kiruba200480 on April 13, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I can't understand why the umpire has not been given warning.Most of the time umpires are making mistakes and they are escaping.

  • nideesh on April 13, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    does all the replay comes on the big screen. I thought only when the umpires asks for replay it comes. Otherwise there is a tv in first class seats. I see words like humongous shot, magnificent shot coming on screen, when something else is actually going on in the tv. Sangakara needs to go only when the umpire have given out. sangakarra was facing the bowler even he would not know the ball had hit the bail. he would have thought they were asking for stumping. As for umpires, it happened quick, they did not realise. umpires need not listen to players and decide if it is out or not, remember ponting declaring out to steve bucknor in aus vs india series in aus.

  • Vetri78 on April 13, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Shri.Sangakkara given NOT OUT by umpires...After seeing the replay, as a caption of the Deccan Chargers, he has to walked out from the field.. That's the Gentlemen cricket..

  • KazaLN on April 13, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Bajji the captain has problems controlling his own behaviour, and now he thinks that MI camp can take care of what ever he does. I clearly do not see him getting picked for Indian team in future. It has carried him for so long.

  • FANof_DRAVID on April 12, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    @sincerelycricket...I totally disagree with u.. For instance, if SANGAKKARA was given out LBW by umpire for an INSIDE EDGE and if there was replay of it which showed the INSIDE EDGE on screen, then will u say that it is right for the batsman to force the UMPIRE to correct his decision. But "No" sangakkara would have walked away the moment he was given OUT.That is Gentlemanship..And hence "Cricket is Gentlemans game".If u r playing a game, u have to play by its rules, How can one ask for DRS when there is no rule for it. I would say the fault is only BCCI's, As they have to provide better standard of UMPIRES for all matches ,which is not possible (with few good umpires and with so many matches going on, sub-standard umpires are inevitable to be used).So change the system (where technology is used) to improve such low standard of umpiring..

  • secondopinion on April 11, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Harbhajan never learns, Slap-gate, Monkey-Gate and now this. Munaf's action was distasteful and a good captain would have restrained him. Umpires can make mistakes, but moving threateningly towards them or throwing the ball petulantly is just not done. A 25% match fee fine doesn't bother the players any more; suspension would. And yes, Bollinger should also have been penalised for intentional obstruction. We all remember how a great talent like Sreesanth got derailed because he mistook aggravation for aggression. Just imagine kids watching IPL and learning from Munaf and Harbhajan.

  • enthusiastic on April 11, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    You come to expect this from bajji. It has happened so often, he should be given a red card from the tournament.

  • PureTom on April 11, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    The players broke the laws of the game, not the umpires. They should have been sanctioned far more harshly. Do we really want to see a football-like situation where the players can scream at the umpire and "flop about faking it" in order to influence decisions? A legal solution to the problem that happened exists. It's called the DRS. If the BCCI don't want it their cricket has to learn to live without it.

  • Naren on April 11, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    This is pathetic. Harbhajan should have been banned for the rest of the IPL. He will never change. Disgrace to Indian cricket.

  • Green_and_Gold on April 11, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Perhaps you could fine the team (i.e. deduct 1 point from the team total) for breaches in the code of conduct. Players dont care about a match fine (especially if they have a sponsorship deal) however if their actions lead to the team losing points then perhaps they will rethink how they behave onfield.

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