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Hogg charged with offence under ICC rules

cricket Updated: Jan 08, 2008 19:26 IST

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Australian spinner Brad Hogg was on Tuesday charged under Level 3 of the International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct following allegations that he verbally abused Indian skipper Anil Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Hogg is accused of making the remarks during the final day of the controversial second Test in Sydney.

Under the terms of the Code, ICC Match Referee Mike Procter will hold a hearing as soon as reasonably practicable. The preliminary date for the hearing is set for 14 January in Perth, an ICC press release said.

The alleged offence has been reported under paragraph 3.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct which refers to players or team officials "using language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, gender, colour, descent, or national or ethic origin."

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was also reported under the same clause and later found guilty of racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

The penalty is a ban of between two and four Test matches or between four and eight one-day internationals, the release said.