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Lehmann fined for Broad comments

Brydon Coverdale

August 22, 2013

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Tough job: Darren Lehmann watches Australia's performance, England v Australia, 2nd Investec Ashes Test, Lord's, 2nd day, July 19, 2013
Darren Lehmann has been disciplined for his criticism of Stuart Broad in a radio interview © Getty Images

The ICC has fined Australia's coach, Darren Lehmann, over his comments that Stuart Broad had blatantly cheated in failing to walk when he edged Ashton Agar during the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge. Lehmann has been fined 20% of his match fee for the final Test over the interview with the Australian radio station Triple M this week, in which he also said he hoped spectators would "give it to" Broad during the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.

Lehmann pleaded guilty to breaching Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in any international match."

The ICC chief executive, David Richardson, laid the charge and on Thursday night, Lehmann admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by the match referee Roshan Mahanama, who is overseeing the ongoing Test at The Oval.

"Whilst noting the context and nature of the comments made, showing mutual respect for one's fellow professionals - including for coaches, players and match officials - is a cornerstone of how we play the game," Richardson said.

During the radio interview, Lehmann was asked about the incident from the first Test in which Broad edged and the catch was taken at first slip after deflecting off the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Lehmann said it was a case of cheating on the part of Broad.

"Certainly our players haven't forgotten, they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past," Lehmann said in the interview. "I hope the Australian public are the same because that was just blatant cheating. I don't advocate walking but when you hit it to first slip it's pretty hard."

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Posted by banglabangdu on (August 25, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

I am surprised the Aussies has these attitudes to not walking towards Broad. Considering if an umpire does not give you out you dont have to leave field of play. Sad situation is Aussies dont walk either only player is Gilchrist. Now its not against the spirit of the game for not walking, batsmen are well within their rights to stand their ground until the umpire raises the finger or crooked finger (Billy Bowden). As to DRS some teams are successful at reviewing and some are not and it just comes down to practice of using DRS. Australians wasted reviews and when it was actually needed, they didnt have any left. I think something new is always open to criticism but the ICC's efforts in making it a fair game and giving justice when its due is good. Some players like Watson wastes reviews which would have been helpful for Rogers in that test. Throughout this summer for some reason the umpires have been making some howlers of decisions. Whether in CPL, FLT20 or Ashes that needs review.

Posted by Harmony111 on (August 23, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

@Samdanh: Lol, you talking about DRS as if it creates no new fuss of its own. If I was a DRS fan the present times would be my quietest times. But here you are, blowing the DRS trumpet yet again even when you know (or perhaps you don't know) how several die hard DRS fans have become either DRS neutral or anti-DRS during the current Ashes.

A 2nd reading of your comment shows one more flaw there. Why should Indian fans keep quiet even if India had had some lucky ones going their way? Is that +1-1=0 kind of maths according to you? Historically, India has been subjected to a no of umpiring shockers, decisions which won't have been given for anyone else have gone against India. A half-half lbw shout being given not out for an Ind batsman or out for an Ind bowler isn't quite an equalizer to those shockers.

But why should Ind fans keep quiet? Why can't they demand better umpiring? Btw, the original demand after Sydney08 was that of Improved Umpiring not that of using unreliable tools.

Posted by swarzi on (August 23, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

Darren should appeal this nonsense! Imagine Stuart Broad "late cut" a ball "from the middle of his bat" onto the pads of Wicket Keeper Haddin; Michael Clarke took a legitimate catch, but Broad still stood his ground! The Australians taking his action for a joke appealed, just as a gesture of formality, only to find to their amazement that the umpire did not send Mr Broad! There was a worldwide outcry of dishonesty against Mr Broad - even the Australian PM weighed in regarding the bizarre nature of the incident! Mr Broad knew the sensitiveness of the issue, yet bragged that "he knew he hit it", in a public interview, thus, putting fire to fury! The ICC knowing all this did absolutely nothing to Mr Broad! But now, because Coach Lehman has expressed his feelings on the matter, the ICC see it fit to penalize him! Can't happen! I think we should couple this with what would be an unfair treatment of Danesh Ramdin (if Broad is not penalized) and seek for a inquiry into the conduct of the ICC.

Posted by Scrop on (August 23, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Good that ICC has taken the right step in letting the game be more respectful.

But why is ICC selective in punishing ?? ICC be more proactive!! If you want to not have such incidents in future ban the coach for the rest of the series or ban him for the next series/tour, let the assistants take the charge.

Posted by LeeHallam on (August 23, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Jason83: Australia probably would have won if it had not rained at Old Trafford, but it is too much to say that they would have ,for sure. England were only 3 wickets down! If Broad had walked or be given out, then perhaps they would have won at Trent Bridge, but if Agar had been given out stumped as he should have, then Australia would have been nowhere near England. As for Durham, Australia got into a good position, but in the end were not good enough to finish it off. England won by 74 runs which is quite comfortable, and Lords was a disaster for the Aussies. It is fair to say that the sides have been much closer than in 2010/11, and that Australia have got better. The problem is that they are building on their older players; Rogers, Haddin, Clarke and Harris. Will any of them still be there for the next tour of England?

Posted by Jason83 on (August 23, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

i really to feel that england have been luck this series. If there had been no rain Australia would have one def one test. Also if Broad have had walked they would have won the first test. That automatically two tests to Australia. And if Australia had have shown at least 10% fight in the last test that could have been different too. I just hope English supporters have the courage to admit that they have far from dominated this series.

Posted by Jason83 on (August 23, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

i really to feel that england have been luck this series. If there had been no rain Australia would have one def one test. Also if Broad have had walked they would have won the first test. That automatically two tests to Australia. And if Australia had have shown at least 10% fight in the last test that could have been different too. I just hope English supporters have the courage to admit that they have far from dominated this series.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (August 23, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

@Samdanh, India has been at the receiving side of incidents like Broad's many times. And India is not wrong in opposing DRS, which now even the other teams that are using are beginning to grow sick of. By the way, no one's cribbing about those howlers, just reminding Lehmann to stop using double standards.

Posted by CustomKid on (August 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

jmcilhinney on (August 23, 2013, 6:00 GMT) - nasty is perhaps the wrong term. I want a team that doesn't give an inch, who are aggressive, have a win at all costs mentality and are in your face and never back down.

Tell me the windies circa 1970-80-90 didn't try and knock players heads off. Plenty of broken jaws during that era. Despite their gentle nature they got nasty. The Aussies from 93-2005 were tough sobs who gave nothing, we don't have anyone like that anymore in the current Aus team. I'm hoping Lehmann installs some of that back into this current side.

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