ICC news November 24, 2013

Dale Steyn fined for foul language

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Dale Steyn has been fined 10% of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Cape Town on Friday.

Steyn was booked under Article 2.1.4, which relates to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match". The incident occurred at the end of Steyn's second over and he admitted the offence and accepted the sanction from match referee Andy Pycroft.

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  • Swagmacswager on November 29, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    I admit that stern is a good batsman but foul language just because of loosing the match, not good maty

  • Paki.Power on November 26, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    He may be good bowler (according to stats) but where is the class ??? I really doubt if he is as good as Waseem Waqar Ambrose McGrath Walsh ... he needs to achieve alot to be in the league... And the way he behaves I am not seeing him in the ALL TIME BEST .. sorry mate !

  • kam_uk on November 25, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Well Steyn certainly has a mouth on him, perhaps part of the killer instinct a fast bowlers needs. However he goes too far sometimes and does get his come uppence as in this match, he could not prevent his team losing.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    steyn just lets his emotions out and an arrogant steyn is good to watch he bowls much better

  • akkers5 on November 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I am afraid Steyn is a loose canon now and has been getting worse by the day. He was caught using foul language againt Pakistani batsmen last year but was not fined. His behaviour over last 12 months has left him as 'bad boy' in my books. I always support and admire great players irrespective of what teams they play for. But Steyn has left my book.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 25, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @Bang_La. Just wonder where you found an Indian player unless they replied to an insult. Haters do not have eyes! FYI, India won ICC fair play award few years back which your team cannot imagine.

  • SurlyCynic on November 25, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster: Love the way you say Kapil Dev is a 'great' and Steyn is not. Lol. As for his record in Asia being 'laughable' his best figures were in Nagpur when SA destroyed India.

  • Match-winner on November 25, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    No denying that he is a great bowler; someone who can bowl outswingers at this face, and bowl consistent length is no mean task at all...so all praise for that. But if someone calls him a sportsman, then that many won't agree with at all. His arrogance has been shown time&again during the series against Pak. His cocky remark against Hafeez's friendly gesture was noted by even the SA commentators, &what2say of his sarcasm against Pak's frail batting lineup...Pakistan missed a trick by not attacknig him enough (though not many in their team could have), but they should have tried... And this is not the first time - even the slightest of aggression against him results in him trying to start getting angry against the opposite players. This episode came up after Ahmed hit him a six I presume. So I think it's only fair that he got this fine. I have a feeling he's not going to be as good as he has been the last couple of months - in the remainder of Pak series, as well as against India..

  • gujratwalla on November 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    @edgie! Every era has produced great players and to reach greatness all had to work hard for their success.Granted todays cricketer plays more but he EARNS more too and earns much more than players of yesteryear.Abundance of cricket does not make a great player.It is ability and God given skill that matters.Steyn is one of the all time greats but the greater you are the more you are in focus and the greater the need to set an example for aspiring greats. Dale is not bad he just needs to control himself more.

  • Pak_Guru on November 25, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Not needed Mr Steyn, you are a delight to watch, what an athlete... hope you learn from the fine. Keep your focus and energy to rest, soon you will be bowling to Dhoni & Co. You are way above the class of Pak batsman. No competition at all.

  • Swagmacswager on November 29, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    I admit that stern is a good batsman but foul language just because of loosing the match, not good maty

  • Paki.Power on November 26, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    He may be good bowler (according to stats) but where is the class ??? I really doubt if he is as good as Waseem Waqar Ambrose McGrath Walsh ... he needs to achieve alot to be in the league... And the way he behaves I am not seeing him in the ALL TIME BEST .. sorry mate !

  • kam_uk on November 25, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Well Steyn certainly has a mouth on him, perhaps part of the killer instinct a fast bowlers needs. However he goes too far sometimes and does get his come uppence as in this match, he could not prevent his team losing.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    steyn just lets his emotions out and an arrogant steyn is good to watch he bowls much better

  • akkers5 on November 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I am afraid Steyn is a loose canon now and has been getting worse by the day. He was caught using foul language againt Pakistani batsmen last year but was not fined. His behaviour over last 12 months has left him as 'bad boy' in my books. I always support and admire great players irrespective of what teams they play for. But Steyn has left my book.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 25, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @Bang_La. Just wonder where you found an Indian player unless they replied to an insult. Haters do not have eyes! FYI, India won ICC fair play award few years back which your team cannot imagine.

  • SurlyCynic on November 25, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster: Love the way you say Kapil Dev is a 'great' and Steyn is not. Lol. As for his record in Asia being 'laughable' his best figures were in Nagpur when SA destroyed India.

  • Match-winner on November 25, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    No denying that he is a great bowler; someone who can bowl outswingers at this face, and bowl consistent length is no mean task at all...so all praise for that. But if someone calls him a sportsman, then that many won't agree with at all. His arrogance has been shown time&again during the series against Pak. His cocky remark against Hafeez's friendly gesture was noted by even the SA commentators, &what2say of his sarcasm against Pak's frail batting lineup...Pakistan missed a trick by not attacknig him enough (though not many in their team could have), but they should have tried... And this is not the first time - even the slightest of aggression against him results in him trying to start getting angry against the opposite players. This episode came up after Ahmed hit him a six I presume. So I think it's only fair that he got this fine. I have a feeling he's not going to be as good as he has been the last couple of months - in the remainder of Pak series, as well as against India..

  • gujratwalla on November 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    @edgie! Every era has produced great players and to reach greatness all had to work hard for their success.Granted todays cricketer plays more but he EARNS more too and earns much more than players of yesteryear.Abundance of cricket does not make a great player.It is ability and God given skill that matters.Steyn is one of the all time greats but the greater you are the more you are in focus and the greater the need to set an example for aspiring greats. Dale is not bad he just needs to control himself more.

  • Pak_Guru on November 25, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Not needed Mr Steyn, you are a delight to watch, what an athlete... hope you learn from the fine. Keep your focus and energy to rest, soon you will be bowling to Dhoni & Co. You are way above the class of Pak batsman. No competition at all.

  • dmqi on November 25, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    How many times C. Walsh of WI used bad language, anyone knows? He was a great fast bowler.

  • edgie on November 25, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    U serious Cpt Meanster? U cannot compare a player of one era to another of a different. None of those players u mentioned played even half the amount of cricket that Dal plays, and certainly NONE of them played t20's, which dale is one of the best bolwers in the format. and I'm sorry, but being the 1 test bowler says it all, he is at the peak of his profession and he is the best that there currently is. Go watch ur golden oldies cricket player while the rest of u look towards the future of this game, enjoy ur time in the past there... oh and Give bradman my regards... thanks...

  • on November 25, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Its strange to see a great bowler being washed away by emotions. he needs to learn the art of being decent yet aggressive. Other languages can definitely get away but expressions always say it all. please let the gentlemen game remain clean.

  • sAm2sAm on November 25, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    I guess, fast bowlers and aggressive attitude goes hand in hand. Sometimes, aggression takes the driving seat. Seems a bit unjust to penalize Steyn for such minor offence. While i think all greats of past (and present) have indulged a little, such behaviors should be reprimanded verbally rather than fined. Another bad luck is that English speaking nation bowlers speak in English which is captured in On-Field mics and understood by all or many. But Asian teams (Ind, Pk, Sl, Bd) they get away with, as mostly they speak in languages which most ICC officials don't understand (luck for them) :-D

  • on November 25, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Steyn is mostly acting as if he is allowed to use any language he wants.He should have been banned for at least two matches for his repeated outburst against the batsmen and opposite teams and it is surprising no refree gives him desrving punshment.

  • sheenu on November 25, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    If pressure gives players the license to use abusive language, the players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and the great West Indian players of the yesteryear etc should have been seen using such language EVERY DAY they played international cricket!! But, as far as I can remember, these players have carried themselves in such an exemplary manner, it is a lesson to all the other cricketers in the world!!

  • SAMMYT76 on November 25, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    i wonder how many of you have played the sport at international level, under the pressure these guys are under!! Can't imagine too many of you! At the end of the day all you have is your opinion. none of which is based on hard core facts. At this moment in time Steyn is ranked No 1 in the world as a test bowler and No 10 in the world for ODI, I don't see any of your names appearing anywhere!!

  • SamRoy on November 25, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    How come Mr. Glenn McGrath never got fined. He was a million times worser than Steyn. I actually love Steyn. The odd word can slip in the heat of the moment. But he is a great guy. Can't say the same about McGrath.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 25, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    @jaypeg: steyn is average bowler in odi's. Whole SA team is not good in odi.

  • Jerard on November 25, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    I'm with Saqib Nawaz on this one. He accepted the fine and is moving on; things happen in the heat of the moment. @gujratwalla - I'm pretty sure most greats have resorted to such measures. I consider Lara and McGrath two of the greatest the game has ever seen, and do you know what happened there??

  • JojoMaharaj on November 25, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    It's part of cricket as long as kept under control. Bit of aggressive talking is totally fine to make the game more competitive and if you cannot handle it, you are not ready for this level!

  • xtrafalgarx on November 25, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Dale as a bad attitude, he is not well liked because of it.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 24, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Steyn is a good bowler but he's also overrated and hyped. He ain't a Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Courtney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall, Jeff Thompson, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Michael Holding, or Joel Garner. Yes, he has pace but he's equally inconsistent. His record in Asia is laughable. I think the pride has got to his head now. He is far from being a great bowler any time soon and has a lot to prove still. It all starts from using fair language on the cricket field.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 24, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    @Bang_La: Are you insane ? Foul language should NOT be tolerated no matter who spoke the words. Being Aussie or Indian has NOTHING to do with this. So stop whining.

  • on November 24, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Yes I guess he is in heat all the time :)

  • SurlyCynic on November 24, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Stump mikes were turned up very high in this game, prob too high. Like when the umpire turned down an appeal from HAfeez I could hear every word the Pakistan players said when they complained, normally you can't hear every word like this.

  • on November 24, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    His greatness is that he accepted it. It happens in the heat of the moment.

  • Bang_La on November 24, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    That's not surprising. Dale Steyn is neither Australian or Indian to get away with any naughty thing done.

  • JayPeg on November 24, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Wajih1728, you have just elevated a million mediocre bowlers into the realm of greatness. Well done.

  • gujratwalla on November 24, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    It is a sad when a player of Steyn's class retorts to such tactics.Now that he is established as the best bowler in the world and has secured his place in history as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time he does not need to do more.His skill and class are enough proof and have a far more deterring effect than mere swear words.I do not say he is bad person but the greats always let their ability do the talking and nobody can doubt that Dale Steyn is blessed with this and more.

  • Wajih1728 on November 24, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    a great bowler is not who bowl quick; but one who behaves best on and off the field....

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  • Wajih1728 on November 24, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    a great bowler is not who bowl quick; but one who behaves best on and off the field....

  • gujratwalla on November 24, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    It is a sad when a player of Steyn's class retorts to such tactics.Now that he is established as the best bowler in the world and has secured his place in history as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time he does not need to do more.His skill and class are enough proof and have a far more deterring effect than mere swear words.I do not say he is bad person but the greats always let their ability do the talking and nobody can doubt that Dale Steyn is blessed with this and more.

  • JayPeg on November 24, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Wajih1728, you have just elevated a million mediocre bowlers into the realm of greatness. Well done.

  • Bang_La on November 24, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    That's not surprising. Dale Steyn is neither Australian or Indian to get away with any naughty thing done.

  • on November 24, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    His greatness is that he accepted it. It happens in the heat of the moment.

  • SurlyCynic on November 24, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Stump mikes were turned up very high in this game, prob too high. Like when the umpire turned down an appeal from HAfeez I could hear every word the Pakistan players said when they complained, normally you can't hear every word like this.

  • on November 24, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Yes I guess he is in heat all the time :)

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 24, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    @Bang_La: Are you insane ? Foul language should NOT be tolerated no matter who spoke the words. Being Aussie or Indian has NOTHING to do with this. So stop whining.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 24, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Steyn is a good bowler but he's also overrated and hyped. He ain't a Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Courtney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall, Jeff Thompson, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Michael Holding, or Joel Garner. Yes, he has pace but he's equally inconsistent. His record in Asia is laughable. I think the pride has got to his head now. He is far from being a great bowler any time soon and has a lot to prove still. It all starts from using fair language on the cricket field.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 25, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Dale as a bad attitude, he is not well liked because of it.