Mumbai v Punjab, IPL 2012, Mumbai April 23, 2012

Munaf Patel fined for lashing out at batsman

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Munaf Patel, the Mumbai Indians fast bowler, has been fined 50% of his match fee for making offensive gestures during the match against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, the IPL stated in a release.

The incident happened during the third over of Kings XI's innings, after Nitin Saini hit Munaf for two fours. Munaf had a word with Saini at the end of the over, forcing the umpires to intervene. His captain Harbhajan Singh then had to step in to calm him down. Munaf pleaded guilty to the Level 1 offence and was fined by the match referee Raju Mukherjee.

This is Munaf's second offence in this tournament, after he was fined 25% of his match fee in the game against Deccan Chargers in Visakhapatnam. Munaf was appealing for the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, who was bowled off the inside edge, but was initially denied the wicket by the on-field umpires. Munaf and Harbhajan both argued with the umpires, who eventually referred the decision.

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  • Bala on April 24, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Munaf isnt setting a good example for the up coming cricketers. I like people to be aggresive on the field, but that doesnt mean shouting on the Umpires and Players. I feel Umpire should have shown him the Red Card in the match against Chargers.

  • Vinod on April 24, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    munaf's commitment to the ipl franchise team is definitely far ahead of his commitment to the national team. surprised to see people still support his actions.

  • narbavi on April 23, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @bigwonder: Look winning is important, but playing the game fair is even more important, how can u behave like that to a young unheralded guy??

  • Venkat on April 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Let Munaf and Bhajji show 1% of their IPL commitment to Indian team. We might not have been wallaoped by evey other international team then.

  • Narendran on April 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    The same BCCI always made a big deal about Australian behavior and sledging. But what Harbhajan and Munaf are doing is far worse and they just close their eyes as it will cause negative publicity to IPL. Also not sure what the Mumbai franchise is doing. The other day they should have censured both the players for their behavior against DC.

  • Big on April 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @vinayjayaram and @bmoizuddin, you do know that Munaf is 4 highest wicket takes in IPL 2012 so far (in 5 games). Instead of jumping up and down about ban or no-ban, let the stats do the talking. Your young guns have adrenaline rush here and there but at the end the cool and calm will prevail.

  • Sadiq on April 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Munaf should be warned that three strikes and he is then out of the IPL for this season. He already has two strikes and should not be tolerated after this. If he is unable or unwilling to be a good sports person especially in the game of high behavior standards of cricket he should not be a part of the game at least in the ones like IPL that involve international players and audiences. This warning will also give incentive to wayward captains like Harbhajan to exercise utmost retraint in field manners.

  • bhaasi on April 23, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Of course he should get this punishment.MI s are gonna get least in fair play ranking and you should blame Munaf and Bhaaji for it..Shame on you guys.Try to learn some manners from Mastrer blaster.

  • vinay on April 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    I was thinking that there should be a ban imposed on Munaf but then i saw bmoizuddin's comments..hilarious and true..i completely agree with him..No ban on Munaf pls; iwe want to see him getting hit all across the park again and again :D

  • Sandy on April 23, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    No surprises here at all! After all, he is captained by Harbhajan Singh or O.W as Hayden so correctly described him. Its just the beginning, millions are thrown at these players for a few hours work so all these go to their heads, and hence the arrogance. And the funny thing is they are going after uncapped indian players, but chicken out against the likes of Gayle, kallis, AB etc. Nothing but bullying.

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