The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday reprimanded England wicketkeeper Matt Prior for breaching the governing body’s Code of conduct during the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.
Prior smashed a window on being run out on the final day of the Lords’s Test due to which a female spectator suffered a minor cut to her ankle after the shattered glass fell into the seating area below England’s dressing room. Prior accepted the Level 1 charge and the proposed sanction from match referee Javagal Srinath.
Prior was found to have breached clause 2.1.2 of the code which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”, the ICC stated.
“Matt knows that his action was in breach of the code and he should be more careful in future. That said, it was clear that the damage he caused was purely accidental and without malice. It's also noted that he apologised to the ground authority for the incident,” said Srinath.
The charge was brought by on-field umpires Billy Doctrove and Rod Tucker as well as third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth official Richard Illingworth.
As Prior accepted the offence and the proposed sanction,there was no need to convene a formal hearing, the statementread.
Level 1 offences carry penalties ranging from an official reprimand to 50 per cent of a player’s match fee.
After the incident, Prior, accompanied by captain Andrew Strauss, apologised in person after the match ended in a draw. “It was a genuine accident. I was out on the balcony, but a lot of the guys in there saw it, and he wasn't meaning to throw anything at the window,” Strauss had said earlier.
Strauss, who accompanied Prior downstairs to apologise to the injured spectator, added: “I think he felt pretty contrite about it. I don’t think he quite realised at the time that there were people below him.”