South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day January 5, 2011

Sreesanth fined for misbehaviour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sreesanth, the India fast bowler, has been fined 10% of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day's play at Newlands. Sreesanth pleaded guilty to committing a Level 1 offence, relating to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings."

Sreesanth kicked the boundary after two appeals in the same over were turned down by the umpire; the on-field umpires Simon Taufel and Ian Gould, the third umpire Brian Jerling and the fourth umpire Shaun George subsequently reported the matter to match referee Andy Pycroft. No hearing was required as Sreesanth accepted the decision and pleaded guilty.

It was a frustrating day for Sreesanth who went wicketless in his 24 overs while Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and the tail stepped up to overcome the loss of early wickets and put South Africa in control by stumps.

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  • KURIAKOSE on January 7, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Sreesanth is not getting the privileges in Indian Cricket to stay in the team if he is not performing every time like other superstars who can stay in the team for as much they can till they perform. He is from Kerala and he has that pride to play heart out for India and to find his space in the team .I did not see any appreciation from Captain or any other so called gentlemen forthe super delivery he produced to dismiss Kallis. Only Sanjay Manjerakar appreciated that delivery and as he said that delivery should be shown to young fast bowlers in India to boost their confidence . Every time India win , praise will go to Zaheer Khan( admitting that he is our spearhead bowler) forgetting the 5 wicket haul from Sreesanth and other bowlers. Even Dhoni is surviving as captain and the highest paid ad.hero only because others are performing .As a captain, he cannot bring us luck by winning crucial tosses . Dhoni and others can sit,relax and earn,but this poor lad has to fight it out ,mates..

  • Neil on January 7, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Kind of off-topic but someone here mentioned that Sreesanth prays between each delivery, and my sister noticed that he kissed his crucifix a lot. Is he quite a religious chap?

  • Rajapandiyan on January 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Ponting should have been fined 100% for his behavior in the last test match.....

  • karthik on January 6, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    the first appeal was ok the second one was hopeless , but saying that some australians during their peak used to get some (only some )just by threating umpire in the name of appeal , maybe he is trying to be in that mould , i am just comparing their appeal style , not the bowllng class

  • Bali on January 6, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    come on ICC!!! I doubt about code of conduct's compliance when it comes to Ausie & africa. why this double standards ??? one has to pay for kicking boundry line and one does not have to pay for abuse & stopping the play against umpires decisions??? It's really a shame?????

  • Rtn on January 6, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    In England in 2007, Zaheer came in to bat and found jelly beans scattered on the pitch. No English player was fined for that. With 15 cameras around the ground, the amazing official position was that no one knew who did it. So, disturbing a boundary rope in frustration is "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings", but putting foreign objects ON THE PITCH with the intention to disturb the batsman is not. Hey, but I forgot there are one set of rules for Anglo-Australians (over-appealing is playing the game hard, sledging is just on-field chatter) and sub-continental types (over-appealing is rowdy behavior, sledging is personal abuse).

  • Senthil on January 6, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Are the match referees referring to two set of books when it comes to Code Of Conduct. May be there are two different book.. ICC Code of Conduct for Asians, ICC Code of Conduct for Rest of the world.

  • biju on January 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Firstly Kallis would have been given out for the second appeal since used the pads out side the off stump with out offering the shot. I think it was clearly personal and biased decision from Tuffnel and the fine was rediculously biased. There is no parity on the decision. Such umpires are not deserved to be standing in test cricket. This is shame for cricket.

  • GS on January 6, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Sreesanth has to behave.That is what is required for him and the team so that he performs to his best.He should know his tantrum blurs his focus.Who got penalised or not is not relevant,why invite trouble.If you are labelled once as a badboy it is all over.That label sticks out and a wee bit of error is under the magnifying glass. So Sreesanth you will do well to think of your family and reputation before throwing tantrums in full view of spectators.You are an Indian and you have certain uniqueness.So better grow up as some one has Kindly said here.

  • Usman on January 6, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Why the hell Johan Botha was not fined during recent Pak-SA one day series when he couldn't grab the ball and missed a run-out and in frustration broke the stumps with his hand by punching.

    This shows clear biasness of ICC towards Indian and Pakistani players.

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