Jharkhand v Punjab, Ranji Trophy quarter-final, 2nd day January 7, 2013

Harbhajan Singh fined for dissent


Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh has been fined 50% of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire's decision on the second day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Jharkhand in Jamshedpur.

The incident occurred in the fifth over after tea. Harbhajan, who replaced Manpreet Gony, changed the angle by going round the wicket to Sunny Gupta. The ball lobbed off the pads and went to silly point where the fielder plucked a sharp chance. A huge appeal followed but the umpire CK Nandan turned it down. Harbhajan was so furious at the decision that the other umpire Sanjay Hazare had to step in from square leg to calm him down. Harbhajan showed his disapproval by not just gesturing at the umpire but also kicking the turf in disappointment.

"Harbhajan was found guilty under the article 2.1.3 of the BCCI's Code of Conduct for the players. As a result, he has been fined 50% of his match fees for a Level 1 offence," the match referee Sunil Chaturvedi said after conducting a hearing that involved Harbhajan, both the umpires and Punjab coach Arun Sharma.

Chaturvedi was seen going through the video footage of the incident. It was followed by a hearing, which lasted 20 minutes.

Article 2.1.3 of the BCCI's Code of Conduct for players deals with "(a) excessive, obvious disappointment with an Umpire's decision; (b) an obvious delay in resuming play or leaving the wicket; (c) shaking the head; (d) pointing or looking at the inside edge when given out lbw; (e) pointing to the pad or rubbing the shoulder when caught behind; (f) snatching the cap from the Umpire; (g) requesting a referral to the TV Umpire; and (h) arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the Umpire about his decision."

The clause ends with: "It shall not be a defence to any charge brought under this Article to show that the Umpire might have, or in fact did, get any decision wrong."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Pritpal on January 9, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    comments here shows clearly that when u r not doing good... the fans who once put u on top, also criticize u in big way...

  • Kall on January 8, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    You can now add this incident (plus the one in the last IPL) to his tally of bad behavior, poor work ethics, unprofessional attitude, disgraceful conduct and terrible run.

  • Narayan on January 8, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Be it by BCCI or ICC, these rules appear not to be fair, they are being loaded in favour of incompetent umpires, who get away handing wrong decisions. The Ireland v West Indies match in the ICC World Cup 2011 tournament is the best possible example.

  • Bryn on January 8, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    i cant be the only one who thinks this rules are a joke?

  • Vikram on January 8, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    poor guy came so near to getting a wicket, he thought, in a long time and the umpire turned it down.

  • Asif on January 7, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Shame on all Indians critizing one of their own. Whe he was playing for India, he was demi god. No that he is out of form, you all stoop so low to criticize him. Give the man a break.If he wasnt good enough, he wouldnt have played 99 tests. No one gets lucky 99 times. So stop the crap talk. Keep going HS...

  • Imraan on January 7, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Relax everybody relax.......... it doesn't really matter what you all saying against him ( harbhajan ). You all might play cricket too, so stop talking bad about bhajji as he has been an awesome and a the most successful spinner of the indian cricket team for a longer period of time.... so calm down and leave him alone and if possible pray for him to be back in the white and blue snd let him enjoy his rest of his cricket..... I hope your inner evil will wake up after reading this and will stop you all for all your negative thoughts and publicity.....love you cricinfo

  • Bala on January 7, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    The Wonderkid of Indian Cricket - all in wrong sense. Always kept me wondering how he managed to play 99 Test matches and haul so many meaningless wickets. But for that 2001 Australian series, never was effective..The most luckiest cricketer - lucky to have played so many matches without a compelling performance..

  • Joe on January 7, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Glad this guy is out o the Indian team. Absolutely useless, other than his bad attitude.