Ponting to be hauled up by the ICC for damaging TV

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 15:27 PM IST

Mumbai: Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is facing charges for breaching the International Cricket Council Players’ Code of Conduct for damaging a LCD television set in the team’s dressing room at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium.

The ICC has received a communication from the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) following the complaint lodged by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) to the board about Ponting’s unacceptable behaviour when he vent his ire on the TV set after being run out during the defending champions’ World Cup opener against Zimbabwe on Monday.

“Yes, we have received it this afternoon,” ICC spokesperson Colin Gibson told reporters and said a decision is expected on the charges later today.

Gibson also confirmed that Ponting’s behaviour comes under the ICC’s Code of Conduct for players.

“Yes, it does,” he said without elaborating.

Ponting had apologised for the incident to the GCA, who hosted the tie, but the latter went ahead to register a complaint with the BCCI against him.

“We shall be lodging a complaint with the BCCI about the smashing of LCD television set kept in the Australian team’s dressing room here,” GCA Secretary Rajesh Patel told reporters.

“Our complaint will be forwarded to the International Cricket Council (ICC) by the BCCI and they will take a final decision on the issue,” he said.

“This is not fair on the part of the Australian team,” he said, adding that the television set was worth over Rs 35,000.

The incident took place immediately after Ponting was run out on 28 by a direct hit from Chris Mpofu in their Group A clash on Monday.

The enraged Australian skipper allegedly hit the LCD with his bat after entering the dressing room, GCA sources said.

GCA officials said they had also informed the Australian cricket authorities about the incident.