Broad fined for outburst towards umpires

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Broad was livid with the umpires during the match

England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee following his outburst towards the umpires at the end of their World Twenty20 match against New Zealand.

Broad criticised the umpires for not taking the teams off the field earlier and believes that both sides were put in danger when lightening was spotted right over the ground.

Broad was charged under Article 2.1.7 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, which relates to “public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an International Match or any Player, Player Support Personnel, Match official or team participating in any International Match”.

Match referee Javagal Srinath said: “Umpires are the final judges of the fitness of the ground, weather or light for play. Weather decisions are the most difficult to make, but the umpires make the best decision possible, taking all factors into account.

“Such public criticism is not good for the spirit of the game. Mutual respect between players, match officials and administrators is paramount to the game of cricket.”

Broad’s views were supported by opening batsman Michael Lumb, who revealed that the lightening was “right above us” and “was pretty scary”.

“I think Stuart covered it in detail but, from a personal point of view, you don’t mess around with lightning,” Lumb said. “There are lives at stake. It was literally right above us and it was pretty scary.

“It would have been a different story if we were waking up this morning talking about guys who were struck by lightning. If we were on a golf course, we’d probably have been taken off. It’s a serious thing and it’s not to be messed with. I’d have been quite happy to go off the field earlier.

“It’s something we need to look at and address. You do play in certain parts of the world where there will be lightning. It’s a big factor and something has to be done.”

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