Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi November 10, 2009

Kyle Mills handed 20% fine

Cricinfo staff

Kyle Mills, the New Zealand fast bowler, has been fined 20% of his match fee for two breaches of the ICC code of conduct during his team's ODI against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Mills had been originally charged will three Level 1 offences - showing dissent, using offensive language and excessive appealing - by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Nadeem Ghauri as well as third and fourth officials.

Mills pleaded guilty to using obscene language but not-guilty to the other two charges. Following a hearing convened by match referee Andy Pycroft, Mills was found guilty of two out of the three charges.

In addition using obscene language, Pycroft found Mills guilty of excessive appealing but not guilty of showing dissent at an umpire's decision.

The offences took place in the 49th over, as the match drew to a tense finish when Mills, ranked No.1 ODI bowler, appealed for a caught-behind decision against Mohammad Aamer. Mills celebrated without waiting for the umpire's decision and then, once Aamer was ruled not out, Mills was heard using offensive language.

Following the hearing Mills was fined 10% of his match fee for swearing and a further 10% for excessive appealing.

"I fully accept it was a crucial moment in the match and the player was caught up in that excitement," said Pycroft. "However, his actions went far beyond what is acceptable behaviour on the cricket field. He was heard to use an offensive expletive and clearly he was guilty of excessive appealing by celebrating a dismissal before the umpire had given his decision.

"I am content to dismiss the charge of dissent because I feel it is tied up with the other two offences and so it would be unfair to charge him with that as well. The fines are on the low side because of Kyle's good conduct in recent times and the fact that he is a senior member of a team that has shown itself to play consistently within the spirit of the game."