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Sreesanth fined for breach of cricket code

The Indian pacer was fined 30% of his match fee for breaching the code of conduct twice.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 18:25 IST

Indian medium pacer S Sreesanth was fined 30 per cent of his match fee after he was found guilty of breaching the code of conduct twice during India's historic win over South Africa in Johannesburg.

Sreesanth was found guilty of two Level I offences of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct after a hearing conducted by match referee Roshan Mahanama at the end of the match on Monday.

The charges were brought by on-field umpires Mark Benson and Daryl Harper and third umpire Karl Hurter.

Sreesanth's first offence was that he acted against the spirit of the game, when he dismissed Hashim Amla in the second innings and ran towards the batsman. The other charge was related to a breach of clause 1.1 of the Code, which concerns the ICC Logo Policy.

On the first occasion, he breached the clause C I of the Code, which clearly states: "Players and/or Team Officials shall, at all times, conduct play within the spirit of the game..."

He was fined 20 per cent for this by Mahanama, who said: "At the pre-series meeting both captains and the management were reminded about the need for everyone to show respect for their opponents."

"Sreesanth, by his actions, showed a lack of respect for the departing batsman and to his credit he acknowledged that by pleading guilty to the charge," the match referee added.

According to the second charge, Sreesanth wore a black garment under his shirt while batting and then later in the day, after this had been pointed out, although he took to the field in a white garment under his playing shirt, it displayed a commercial logo.

The fast bowler was fined 10 per cent for the breach of the logo policy.

That policy clearly states that all garments worn under the playing shirt in a Test match must themselves be plain white and this was something that was also referred to in the match referee's pre-series meeting.

"It gives me no satisfaction to punish a player for a breach of the logo policy but the rule is there in print and both sides were reminded of it before the series," said Mahanama.

"The fact that Sreesanth breached the policy not once but twice showed a lack of respect and although he once again pleaded guilty it was still appropriate he was fined for his actions," he added.

India won by 123 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series. The fast bowler was adjudged the Man of the Match after he had a match haul of eight wickets.