Bengaluru: England’s fast bowler Tim Bresnan has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s tied match against India in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Bresnan pleaded guilty to contravening Level 1 offence (Section 2.1.2) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings”.
The incident took place on the last ball of the 48th over when Bresnan, after he was clean bowled by Piyush Chawala, hit the stumps with his bat.
As Bresnan accepted the decision without contest, there was no need for a hearing.
Roshan Mahanama of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, said: “While giving my verdict, I took into account that Bresnan admitted his mistake, apologised for his action and that it was his first offence.”
All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and/or a maximum penalty of the imposition of a fine up to 50 per cent of a player’s match fee.
The England team was also fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in the same match.
Mahanama imposed the fine after Andrew Strauss’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.
In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time; with the captain fined double that amount.
As such, Strauss was fined 20 per cent of his match fee while his players received 10-per-cent fines.