England bowler Stuart Broad has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for a Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during his team’s second ODI against Sri Lanka in Leeds.
Broad was found to have breached Article 2.2.1 of the code which relates to “showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision”.
After play concluded, the player admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Alan Hurst of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge had been laid by the on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires.
The charge related to an incident in the final over of the Sri Lanka innings when Broad appealed for an lbw, which was turned down. As he left the field he made some unacceptable and offensive remarks to umpire Bowden about that decision.
“Accepting an umpire’s decision is an essential feature of cricket and part of the game’s unique spirit,” said Mr Hurst.
“Stuart’s behaviour was not acceptable in any form of cricket, and as a well-established member of his country’s national side and current captain of the Twenty20 International team, he must take responsibility for what he says and does,” he said.
All Level 2 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a fine equivalent to 50 per cent of a player’s match fee up to a maximum penalty of a suspension for two ODIs or two T20Is or one Test.