Gambhir, Afridi fined for clash at Kanpur
DH News Service,Gwalior:
India's Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi of Pakistan have been fined after being found guilty of breaching the ICC's Code of Conduct during the third one-dayer in Kanpur on Sunday.
Gambhir has been fined a total of 65 per cent of his match fee, while Afridi's fine comes to a total of 95 per cent. The punishments were handed down by ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama, following hearings on Wednesday.
The players were charged under two counts of the Code of Conduct, C2, at Level 2, which deals with conduct unbecoming to their status which could bring them or the game into disrepute. The other section under which the duo has fined is Level 2.4 which relates to inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play.
Gambhir had hit the third ball of the 20th over of the innings bowled by Afridi for four and there was an altercation between the players. The next ball, Gambhir had worked to third man region for single, and in the process of taking the single Gambhir collided with Afridi. A heated verbal exchange took place between the two players that forced umpire Ian Gould to intervene.
Commenting on the action, Mahanama said, "Both players pleaded not guilty to the charges, but even if the collision between them was viewed as an accident I still felt it was inappropriate. On top of that, there was a build up to that incident and then they stood toe-to-toe arguing in mid-pitch immediately afterwards. It is not the sort of example that players should be setting at any time, least of all in a series as high-profile as this one."
On the disparity of the fine imposed, the Sri Lankan said, "In handing down these fines I took into account the fact that this was the first time Gambhir has appeared before a disciplinary hearing, hence his punishment is below that of Afridi."