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Knight Riders' Ishant fined for kicking down stumps

Press Trust Of India
May 04, 2008 at 06:25pm IST

Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders spearhead Ishant Sharma was on Sunday fined 10 per cent of his match fees for kicking down the stumps in Saturday's Indian Premier League (IPL) match against King's XI Punjab at Mohali.

IPL match referee Clive Lloyd found the speedster guilty of a Level 1 offence (clause 2) as per the International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct which has been adopted by the Twenty20 League authorities, a media release said on Sunday.

The offence relates to abusing ground equipment.

GUILTY: IPL match referee Clive Lloyd found Ishant (L) guilty of a Level 1 offence.

IPL had earlier banned Mumbai Indians off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for 11 matches after he slapped King's XI bowler S Sreesanth at the same venue.

It had also fined Shane Warne, captain of Rajasthan Royals, and Sourav Ganguly, skipper of Knight Riders, for different breaches of the Code at Jaipur on May 1 during the two teams' contest.

Former India skipper Ganguly was found guilty of showing dissent on the field and fined 10 per cent of his match fees.

The Match Referee in his recommendation to the IPL said that Ganguly's act of prevailing upon GA Pratapkumar, the on-field umpire, to refer a decision to the TV umpire, constituted a Level I offence as per the ICC's Code of Conduct.

Spin legend Warne was found guilty of violating Section 1.7 of the ICC's Code of Conduct, which deals with 'public criticism of, or inappropriate comment on a match-related incident or official,' which constitutes a Level I offence.

Warne had publicly criticised Ganguly for an on-field incident at the end of the game between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.

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