Gambhir-Watson spar, slapped with misconduct charge

Oct 30, 2008 at 01:09pm IST

New Delhi: Indian opener Gautam Gambhir and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson have been charged for violating the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Code of Conduct during their on-field spat on the first day of the third Test match at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

A couple of times during the first day's play, Wednesday, Gambhir had run-ins with medium pacer Watson and spinner Simon Katich. The first incident happened with Watson after the Australian hurled some abuses at the batsmen and while taking a run Gambhir's stuck out his elbow that hit Watson, who seemed to have taken serious offence.

Gambhir has been charged under clause C1 Level 2 of the code which states that players "shall at all times conduct play within the spirit of the game as well as within the Laws of Cricket".

SERIOUS CHARGE: Indian opener Gambhir seen sticking out his elbow at Aussie rival.

Watson has been charged under the same clause, C1, but as a Level 1 offence.

The charges were laid by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Aleem Dar and third umpire Suresh Shastri. Match Referee Chris Broad will hear it after the second day's play Thursday.

Level 2 penalties range from a fine of between 50 percent of the player's match fee up to 100 percent or a ban of one Test or two ODIs. Level 1 penalties range from an official reprimand and/or a fine of up to 50 percent of the player's match fee.

The second incident happened with Katich, when the bowler came in Gambhir's way to deny him a single. Gambhir looked furious and a heated exchange of words took place and umpire Billy Bowden had to step in to separate them.

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