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

Harbhajan Singh fined for dissent

Amol Karhadkar in Jamshedpur

January 7, 2013

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Harbhajan Singh awaits his turn to bat for Punjab, Mumbai v Punjab, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2nd semi-final, Mumbai, March 26, 2012
Harbhajan Singh gestured at the umpire and also kicked the turf in disappointment © Fotocorp
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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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Posted by pritpalpabla 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...

Posted by SouthPaw 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.

Posted by Narayan.Shastri 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.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 8, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

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

Posted by xylo 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.

Posted by Sheikasif 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...

Posted by Sussexx 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

Posted by PrabuRam 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..

Posted by Joechaku on (January 7, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

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

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (January 7, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

If Warne can be a bad boy, so can I! Never mind I am not as talented / prolific.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (January 7, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

THank god this guy is not in the Indian team. Doesnt spin the ball, way too much headweight and gets into trouble time and again

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