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Gayle disappointed with fine

The West Indies all-rounder was fined 30 per cent of his match fees for arguing with Australian batsman Michael Clarke.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 19:39 IST

Dashing West Indies all-rounder Chris Gayle is "disappointed" by the fine imposed on him by an ICC match referee for arguing with Australian batsman Michael Clarke as he believes such banters are part of the game between two competitive teams.

Gayle also said Clarke should have also been heard in the same meeting which was conducted after West Indies stunned world champions Australia in a Champions Trophy match in Mumbai on Wednesay.

"I'm unable to speak about it any real detail as I might be fined again and go home with no money! But I would just say that I was disappointed by the fact I was fined 30 per cent of my match fee and that we should both have been in the meeting together but they were conducted separately," Gayle said in a column on a cricket website.

Gayle said it had all started off a joke which became a "bit more heated".

"Everything started off as a joke and then things became a bit more heated, but that's all part of the game between two competitive teams. I don't think I crossed the line that night as was suggested but I've had to accept my punishment and I will move on and try to forget it."

Gayle also said the victory against Australia had given the team a big boost, but India, whom they play next, would prove to be "tougher" opponents.

"The India match we have next though will be even tougher as they are in their home conditions and will have a very passionate crowd supporting them. We've been here before and know how intimidating the pressure can be for an opposing team taking on India in India," he said.