A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Darren Lehmann made to pay hefty fine for criticising Marlon Samuels’ bowling action

Lehmann was fuming after learning the verdict of his hearing

Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann was reprimanded and made to pay US$3,000 for criticising and questioning the legitimacy of West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels’ bowling action during the Big Bash League (BBL).

Lehmann was found guilty by Commissioner John Price of breaching Rule 9 of Cricket Australia’s Code of Behaviour, which states that neither players nor officials should “denigrate or criticise another player or denigrate or criticise an official, umpire, referee or team against which they have played or will play, whether in relation to incidents which occurred in a match or otherwise; denigrate or criticise another player or official by inappropriately commenting on any aspect of his or her performance, abilities or characteristics.”

Lehmann’s criticism came after his side’s loss to the Melbourne Renegades, during which Samuels only gave 18 runs off his four overs.

“I’ve spoken to the umpires about it,” Lehmann had said after the game. “I just want something done. He couldn’t bowl in the IPL (Indian Premier League) last year, yet he can bowl in the BBL.

“We’ve got to seriously look at what we’re doing. Are we here to play cricket properly or what? If he’s deemed legal, I’m totally understanding of that. But from my point of view from 20 years’ of cricket, I’ve got a problem with 120km/h off no steps.”

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