Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Visakhapatnam

Munaf fined, warnings for Harbhajan and Steyn

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April 10, 2012

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Munaf Patel argues with the umpires, Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Visakhapatnam, April 9, 2012
Munaf Patel was fined for arguing over the appeal for Kumar Sangakkara's wicket © AFP

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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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by bvnathan on (April 11, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

The umpires involoved were not sure and should have gone to the third umpire straightaway.. period.

Posted by Yasassri on (April 11, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Kumar and White must bat in top of the order.

Posted by Rick777 on (April 11, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Disgrace. Patel should have been banned for 4 matches minimum...Haribajan and Karthink should have got at least 2 match bans.

Posted by madras_boy on (April 11, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

I really feel pity for MI. They doesn't deserve to win. Lets wait and watch. While I was a staunch supporter of MI after CSK, this particular incident changed me. The players (Bhajji and Munaf) should have been banned for a couple of matches. This attitude of Bhajji has proved that he can't be in Indian Team anymore !!!

Posted by   on (April 11, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

CSK's Bollinger should also be fined for obstructing the N.ojha while taking single during last night match.

Posted by sincerelycricket on (April 11, 2012, 11:44 GMT)


Posted by buncers on (April 11, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

I think you are all missing the point. The rules of IPL have been broken. There are no player reviews in this game. If (as in this case) the players succeed in putting pressure on the umpire for a review - then where does it stop. I agree it was a poor decision by the umpire, but the rules have to be followed. Otherwise you have anarchy,

Posted by Sidath346 on (April 11, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

@A_N_I: Your comment is absolutely stupid. How on earth was Sangakkara to know whether he was bowled or whether the ball deflected off the keeper's pads? It's not something you can see easily in real time. He wasn't sure of what happened and had every right to stand his ground. The umpires should have referred it without giving it not out straight away and Sangakkara is a cricketer who will walk away when he knows he is out even if the umpire says not out. Seriously, Harbhajan's and Munaf's reaction was absolutely disgraceful and the umpiring was bad too.

Posted by Jatin. on (April 11, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

@ ze_wolf....very well said mate. I am asking a question here to everybody who are omitting poison against Harbhajan & Munaf; what if Sangakaara stayed for another 2-3 overs & scored 10-15 extra runs to the final total, Mumbai would have surely lost the match as they had to score 6 off the last ball. This is not about an umpiring error, this is CARDINAL SIN which could have changed the entire outcome of the match as you are robbing a side because of your shortcomings. In my opinion, there should be a mechanism where Umpires also get penalized for such abysmal standards of decision making. Its high time to move ahead of century old standards of respecting Umpires's decision when technology is available. India needs a Captain as aggressive as Harbhajan who can get into the skin of the opposition, unlike Dhoni who wait for things to happen....go on Harbhajan & MI...IPL 5 is your's for taking....go & lift the trophy on May 27th'. My best wishes to you.

Posted by jagatr on (April 11, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

When umpires get a clean-bowled decision wrong, they dont deserve respect! I have no respect for Harbhajan Singh as a player - he has behaved like a boor many time. This time, however, he is dead right. Good on him for showing the spunk to back his bowler!

And I dont agree with the fine/reprimand for Bhajji and Munaf either - how about a match ban for the jokers who were umpiring this match? Or at least a fine!!!

Posted by thenoostar on (April 11, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

@CricketFan1980 hit the nail on the head. Harbijan is not known for his good character is he? This sort of conduct should come as no surprise.

Posted by swaroop677 on (April 11, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

i thought harbajan would be banned for one match in this IPL. because what the captains made pledge saying that they will play according tO MCC SPIRIT OF CRICKET cricket during the opening ceremony was now RUINED.

Posted by RAJ249 on (April 11, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

@CricketFan1980..Please tell me if TV is fully available to capture inside nicks to pad or LBWs not given out.......what TV shows is truth...we cant run away from truth.what if a match is lost/won due to plain lack of willingness to SEE OPEN/OBVIOUS FACTS magnified by great facilities provided by MODERN ELECTRONICS.... lets accept it if human beings never needed computer they wudnt have made SOOOO MUCH use of it.the impoliteness/misbehaviour which all are harping about here is created simply because someone has worked hard to get a wicket or say concentrated hard to score runs for a long time and is being CHEATED/UNFAIRLY DEALT WITH.PLEASE ICC...i request your answer to this

Posted by ze_wolf on (April 11, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

To avoid any question of bias I will state upfront that I am an Australian without a trace of indian blood in me. From a young age you are taught to respect the umpires decision. I can understand not dissenting for lbw's, run outs, stumpings or even a thin edge but the player in question was CLEAN BOWLED. It should not be a question of the umpires 'judgement' because unless I've missed something in the 30 years I've been playing as long as the delivery is legal it doesn't matter whether you clip the stumps or uproot middle as long as the bails are dislodged the player is out. The umpire in this case was so far from being in reality that it's not funny. To not give that out is obscene. Baji was right to push the point.

Posted by Jatin. on (April 11, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

I was watching this match live on TV & I could not believe the standard of Umpiring, despite several requests by Harbhajan & Karthik, umpires were hell bent on not going to the third umpire. When replays were shown on giant screen, Harbhajan & Munaf both had heated argument with on-field Umpires to which they went to the third Umpire & eventually right decision was made. You cannot deprive a bowler a wicket when he has clean bowled the opposition batsman & on-field umpires were still trying to justify that their decision is final. Anybody would have reacted the same way as Harbhajan & Munaf reacted, umpires should also be given ranking on the decisions they make. This is the same Harbhajan who walked after given LBW last year in Nottingham (England) last year when he had huge inside edge & Stuart Broad scored a Hat-Trick. You cannot rob a player time and again....anybody who is accusing Harbhajan or Munaf here are loser themselves if they don't look at the other side of the picture.

Posted by buncers on (April 11, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Not enough to just fine Munaf. Harbi was also at fault. There is no player review in this game. It was a bad decision by the umpire, but it has to be accepted. Kids watching this will now think they can create a fuss and challenge an umpires decision.

I think the only way to stamp out such behaviour is to dock points from the team, this is where it will hurt. Munaf managed to get the umpire to review his decision (not in the rules of the game) which may have contributed to Mumbai winning. In this case a 25% match fee fine is nothing - the owners of MI may even cover the fine for Munaf.


Posted by CricketFan1980 on (April 11, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

@RAJ249: The reason for playing is not to find out the "truth". The umpires are in the best position to judge and if there is a problem one must behave politely. What Harbhajan and Munaf did is disgraceful and so rightly punished. It is after all a game. Fight with the bat / ball in your hand; not with the umpires / referees. The use of DRS increases the efficiency by a mere 2%. I will take a 2% less accurate decision every time if the umpire's decision is indeed final; as was the case for close to 125 years. Cricket did very well for so long without questioning the umpire's decision and so this DRS is definitely an unnecessary distraction. It has only made players more brash and less gentle. DRS is definitely ruining my favorite gentleman's game.

Posted by satish619chandar on (April 11, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Yes Bhajji and Munaf did was very bad for the youngsters watching the game.. But not sure what stopped the umpires from referring it to the third umpire.. Had he referred it, there would have been no argument at all..

Posted by waheed1233 on (April 11, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Its a disgarce to watch such ill-mannered people on the field. Though its nothing new for bhajji, but we expected a little sensible attitude from him since he was leading the team. There are certain lines which a player should not never cross and both of them crossed it that day and should have been banned.

Posted by Enam_Khan on (April 11, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Arguments with match officials are happening in all games particularly in football. The reason is any result of the game has huge implications. Another reason is football is hugely popular game and spectators are also relating themselves in every moment. NOW let's talk about T20 cricket. This format of the game is the most popular as like football each game is short, intense, more meaningful and most importantly spectators relate themselves each and every moment of the game. Therefore any wrong umpiring decision or sledging from other player might make player react unethically. I believe this kind of incident is good for T20 games as it will relate more people, facilitate debating the rules and their implications. Those people who are crying that cricket is losing its 'gentlemen ship' is rubbish. Those people either are old or not pragmatic. T20 will rule the cricket in future as it is the most popular form of the game. Finally the whole incident is good for T20 cricket.

Posted by KoolDaddy on (April 11, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

I have only one thing to say. Cricket is a gentleman's game. Not Munaf and Harbajan style Hooligan's Game. Only a warning and a fine????? Absolutely ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOTH OF THEM SHOULD HAVE BEEN BANNED FROM PLAYING THE REST OF THE IPL. Everybody knows that they had the backing of the cash rich BCCI and IPL, but that does not mean that they DO NOT have to follow rules and disgracefully misbehave. Who made Harbajan the Captain. He is NOT and NEVER was Captain material. He has brought disgrace to the owners of and the Mumbai Indians franchise and the team and the Indian International Team also These two should look upto Dhoni and Dravid. Absolutely gentlemen even in the face of a crisis. These two in my opinion are the only two out of the Indian Team who I really respect. They have no ego problem or animalism like the others.

Posted by Bimalkill2u on (April 11, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Bhajji should control his temper. He is not a perfect captain for MI. Give chance to a overseas player for the captain-ship. MI always maintain there 9th place in SPIRIT OF CRICKET. BAD SHOW.

Posted by RAJ249 on (April 11, 2012, 9:00 GMT)


Posted by RAJ249 on (April 11, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Nobody should be banned the rules are framed in such a way create a scenario where people who accept being wronged are appreciated by the media,old players,commentators etc.... it is like a if somebody slaps u and u should say thank you and leave......ICC rules are basically wrong.....else they should ban TV from every match which unfortunately for ICC shows truth in the open.....

Posted by RAJ249 on (April 11, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Agree with NZCRICKET174 completely....seeking truth whether in life or sport is absolute must ....WHEN WILL ICC INCREASE NO OF UNSUCESSUL REVIEWS TO 5 much money spent on technology comes to nought .....and fining people who are seeking truth and ridiculous,in fact all inside nicks to pad must be referred by batsman even if 20 happen in same match....isnt it terrible the whole crowd and TV viewers see facts....openly and scream with disgust but the ..ICC wants the unfair to happen.....unfathomable....why....?????pleaseeeeeeee

Posted by guru_omm on (April 11, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Why should the Umpires NOT be fined ..? Its crime to deny the bowler a clean bowled wicket. The umpires already control LBWs & caught behinds. They can also control if they can refer the 3rd umpires for a runout or stumping. They are humans they should accpt that and not GOD. What Bhajji and Munaf did was wrong but why the umpires too should not be evaluated and have some measures to make them pay for their mistakes.

Posted by ashwood on (April 11, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

absolutely disgraceful...Bhajji and Munaf should be banned for at least 3 respect at all for such junglies...they are a bad endorsement for the game of cricket...disgraceful

Posted by betubond on (April 11, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

munaf and bhaji's both were right,,,umpire was not able to see bowled what were they doing there,if somebody know that i do right thing there is not need to accept any decision its your hard work its munaf's effort if sanga played nor well so there was no mistake by munaf ,they just asking for recheck l this is umpire's responsibility .they have to check if they were not sure with third umpire

Posted by Bruisers on (April 11, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Such things keep happening in all sports. Arguing with umpires/referee never results in ban in any sport. So fans here need to stop crying. Its a norm nowadays in all sports and its time cricket moved on too... Cricket is no more a gentleman's game.

Posted by guru_omm on (April 11, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Why should the Umpires be fined ..? Its crime to deny the bowler a clean bowled wicket. The umpires already control LBWs & caught behinds. They can also control if they can refer the 3rd umpires for a runout or stumping. They are humans they should accpt that and not GOD. What Bhajji and Munaf did was wrong but why the umpires too should not be evaluated and have some measures to make them pay for their mistakes.

Posted by ranuk on (April 11, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

What is happening to gentlemen's game! IPL is killing cricket as players are interested of the huge amounts they are getting from IPL than playing for their national team. The best examle Lasith Malinga.

Posted by santanuXI on (April 11, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Players can't behave that way as per rules...probably they deserved harsher punishments. But if you have such poor umpiring decisions, its very difficult to have a fair game as well. The umpires preferred to argue with the palyers though they were not very sure in the first place, instead of referring the matter to third umpire straight away. I hope these umpires also get some kinds of punishment.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (April 11, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

These guys making shame for India. Dada told few days ago Bhaji a captain material, but look a looser.

Posted by   on (April 11, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Why should the Umpires be fined ..? Its crime to deny the bowler a clean bowled wicket. The umpires already control LBWs & caught behinds. They can also control if they can refer the 3rd umpires for a runout or stumping. They are humans they should accpt that and not GOD. What Bhajji and Munaf did was wrong but why the umpires too should not be evaluated and have some measures to make them pay for their mistakes.

Posted by Baundele on (April 11, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

I agree with many fans that Munaf and Bhajji deserved to be banned, not only some fines and warnings. But what the umpires get for their mistakes? They had to go upstairs in the first place. Also the third umpire gave Rohit not out at 19.5, which could easily be the difference between a win and a loss.

Posted by A_N_I on (April 11, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

The batsman is always first to know when he is bowled. The fact that Sangakarra decided to stay on and see if he can benefit from the confusion is equally shameful.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (April 11, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Dale steyn was warned and karthik was not even warned. This clearly shows rules favour mighty teams. I saw this incident in TV and can tell harbhjan's behavior is more uglier than munaf. Bhajji deserves atleast one match ban but then who will be mumbai captain then? MI team lost a fan here.

Posted by   on (April 11, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

nothing short of ban for few matches is acceptable

Posted by Rens on (April 11, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

The incident was ugly. at the same time we cannot equate a wrong lbw decision with a clean bowled. lbw decisions are umpire's but Clean bowled is bowler's :-) . A bowler do not need an umpire to approve it. That is the emotion here.

Posted by karunak on (April 11, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

These type of incidents are not good for the game cricket. IPL should ban Harabajan and Munaf for one match atleast.

Posted by SirBobJones on (April 11, 2012, 1:26 GMT)

That would have to be the first time I've ever seen the word "peeved" in an article.

Posted by TendulkarDgr8 on (April 11, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

I am huge MI fan but I am disgusted by bajji and Munaf's behavior to say the least... and as expected, they are let off easy... Are these the kind of players who represented India at Test match level??? I am happy they are out of the Indian team rite now...

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (April 10, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I was ashamed to watch the behavior of Bhajji and Munaf. They should have been banned for at least a couple of matches. Agreed, the umpire made a mistake by not referring...but that does not give you a license to behave in a rowdy way. If the players are only 'warned' and 'reprimanded' for intimidating the umpires, this will set a dangerous precedent.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 10, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Thought the umpires handled the whole incident appallingly. They should have called for a replay straight away , but then once a certain amount of time had elapsed they should have left it. It seemed that they bowed to Harbi and Patel throwing their toys out of the pram (intimidated) rather than look at the replay for the good of the game. Harbi and Patel seemed to replicate football players the way they surrounded the umpire. The fact that Sanga was out beyond dispute does not hide that this was a bad incident and with so many kids that watch IPL - Not good

Posted by Sarfin on (April 10, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

I sat in front of the tv and after two over this incident took place. Stunned watching them behaving that way and switched off tv. Not the best example set by some international stars. When an inside edge hit the pad and LBW is given, the batsman surely knows that he was not out. Still he leaves with a smile or shaking his head. But never force the umpire to go to upstairs. That was the custom of cricket I knew. You can't charge umpire. I can't forget the angry faces around the poor umpire. Bhajii has surely lost a fan here. From a neutral cricket lover

Posted by B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on (April 10, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

thats nothing harbhajan should have banned for atleast 1 match and so was munaf.. well always the rules are in mighty and strong teams and this is the classical example... had this incident occoured with other teams the punishment and fines where surely toooooo huge... at the end of the MI got 2 points but DC got more appreciation and for sure harbhajan dont know what does appreciation and respect menas....

Posted by rohanblue on (April 10, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

ipl should ban bhajji nd munaf fr their attitude, very disturbing the way they reacted tomorrow.....

Posted by 360review on (April 10, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Lead by example. One of the worst displays by Bhajji and Munaf. As a captain he should have asked Munaf to calm down rather then using the Pointing's famous finger trick for out.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (April 10, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

The umpires should be fined for not referring it after seeing the replay. Actually, the ICC should be fined for making it so they are not supposed to refer those types of decisions.

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