Warne fined for fracas with Dixit, escapes ban

Updated: May 18, 2011, 16:52 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has been fined USD 50,000 for fracas with Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Dixit but was spared a one-match ban.

Both appeared before an IPL disciplinary committee set up by the BCCI which consisted of Chirayu Amin, Ravi Shastri and IMG’s legal counsel John Loffhagen on Wednesday.

Dixit had accused Warne of abusing him for not acceding to his request to change the pitch for Rajasthan`s home match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 11.

"The Commission has decided to impose a fine of USD 50,000 upon Mr Warne," a statement from the IPL`s Disciplinary Procedure Commission said.

"The Commission is conscious of the duty of all parties involved in the Indian Premier League, to uphold the image and reputation of the game of cricket, the BCCI and the League at all relevant times. Any action which is a breach of this duty is to be treated with all necessary severity.

"It regards the public criticism of Mr Dixit as being a serious breach by Mr Warne of his IPL playing contract.”

The Commission said it took into account Warne`s contribution to the IPL and to the game of cricket while handing out its verdict.

"In addition, the Commission is cognisant of the contribution to the game of cricket in general, and to the Indian Premier League, which has been made by Mr Warne," it said.

Warne escaped a one-match ban and can now play his last match on May 20 against Mumbai Indians.