Patel was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for excessively arguing with the umpires
Mumbai Indians bowler, Munaf Patel, was fined 25 per cent of his match fee, while Captain, Harbhajan Singh was given an official warning for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct.
Singh and Patel were involved in heated discussion with the umpires during the match when they were playing against the Deccan Chargers.
The IPL released a statement saying: “Mumbai Indians player Munaf Patel was fined 25 per cent of his match fee and received an official warning and reprimand for breaching the DLF Indian Premier League Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Deccan Chargers in Vishakhapatnam on Monday night.”
The incident which led to the argument between the pair and the umpires occurred when Deccan Chargers Captain, Kumar Sangakkara, was clearly out after Patel bowled him with a peach of a delivery, but, the leg umpire, initially gave it not out since he thought it had ricocheted off the gloves of Mumbai wicketkeeper, Dinesh Karthik.
After a heated discussion with Harbhajan and Munaf Patel, the umpires referred the decision to the third umpire, who had no hesitation in giving Sangakkara out.
“Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh received an official warning and reprimand for breaching the DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct during the same match,” the statement added.
Both Harbhajan and Munaf Patel were handed a Level 1 offense for showing dissent at an umpires decision, but, they accepted their sanctions with no protests.
Deccan Chargers pace bowler, Dale Steyn also accepted his santion when he was handed a Level 1 offense and an official warning, for pointing and gesturing towards the pavilion after dismissing Mumbai batsman, Tirumalasetti Suman.
All these cases were handled by Match Referee Graeme La Brooy in accordance to the rules and regulations of the IPL Code of Conduct.