Pakistan v Australia 2009 May 8, 2009

Haddin and Watson fined for dissent

Cricinfo staff

Brad Haddin and Shane Watson have been fined 15% and 25% respectively of their match fee after being found guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct during the Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday.

Both players were found by match referee Jeff Crowe to have shown dissent at an umpire's decision after pleading guilty to the charge brought by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Zameer Haider and third umpire Nadeem Ghauri.

The first incident took place in the fifth over of the Australia innings, when Watson was given out lbw by Dar. The player showed dissent by gesturing and hitting the bat against his hand. He also continued to make verbal and physical signs of dissent to as he walked off the field.

The second incident took place in the eighth over when Haddin, as non-striker, pointed to his bat towards umpire Haider when Andrew Symonds was given out lbw. At that point Australia's stand-in captain also claimed to the umpire that "there was bat involved".

"Both players immediately pleaded guilty to the charges and were very apologetic about their actions," Crowe said. "While I understand that players will feel frustrated at times, both Brad and Shane were quick to acknowledge that they needed to accept the umpire's decision without gesture or verbal complaint."