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Munaf fined, Bhajji gets warning

india Updated: Apr 11, 2012 00:06 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times
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Apart from leading his team to famous victories, Sourav Ganguly was notorious for being docked several times for a range of offences, as India captain and now in IPL.

The 2010 World Cup final between Holland and Spain witnessed referee Howard Webb flashing 14 yellow cards, including two against Holland's John Heitinga, which led to a red card. The previous record of most yellow cards in a World Cup final was six, in 1986.

The point is, everybody wants to win, no matter what it takes.

Aware of the price on Deccan Chargers' captain Kumar Sangakkara's scalp, the Mumbai Indians went almost out of the way to plead their case, a just one however, to the umpires during their match on Monday.

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Even after square-leg umpire Johan Cloete made it clear that he didn't want to check with the TV umpire, Mumbai Indians kept insisting.

On being asked to resume, Munaf Patel threw away the ball in anger and play was held up with Harbhajan Singh & Co asking for a referral again.

According to Article 2.1.3 of the Code of Conduct in the IPL, players can be charged for showing dissent to umpires. Among other instances, it includes 'excessive, obvious disappointment with an umpire's decision, an obvious delay in resuming play or leaving the wicket, shaking the head, requesting a referral to the TV umpire and arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision'.

Munaf and Harbhajan could have been charged with any one of them, when on Tuesday, the IPL decided to penalise them.

Patel was fined 25% of his match fee and received an official warning and reprimand while Harbhajan was given a warning and reprimand for the Level 1 offence.

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