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Woolmer reported for criticising umpires

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has been reported under the ICC's code of conduct for criticising the umpires in a VB series in Australia.
By Reuters | PTI, London
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2005 01:35 PM IST

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has been reported under the International Cricket Council's (ICC) code of conduct for criticising the umpires in a tri-nation series in Australia.

Woolmer, whose side lost a best-of-three final 2-0 to Australia earlier this month in an event also involving West Indies, said the umpires has been influenced by the world champions' excessive appealing and by the crowds.

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed reported Woolmer under level 2.4 of the code dealing with "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment on a match-related incident or match official".

Level 2 breaches carry a minimum penalty of between 50 and 100 per cent of the player or official's match fee and/or a ban for one Test match or two One-Day Internationals. Where officials are not paid a match fee, the `match fee' is considered to be the same as that of the players.

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