England’s Graeme Swann has been fined 10% of his match fee for breaching the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct during yesterday's World Cup defeat by Bangladesh in Chittagong.
Swann was charged with a Level 1 offence under article 2.1.4 of the code which relates to ‘using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match’.
The off-spinner pleaded guilty to the charge, brought by on-field umpires Daryl Harper and Rod Tucker, and third umpire Aleem Dar.
Match referee Jeff Crowe said: “Graeme became frustrated and upset at the condition of the second ball in use during the Bangladesh innings.
“His comments to the on-field umpires during the 26th over of the innings were unacceptable and an over later Graeme, realising this, made a genuine apology to the umpires for his actions.
“While it was recognised that, because of the dew, this was a difficult period to be in the field, it is also a fact that these conditions are not uncommon on the sub-continent.
“At the conclusion of the match Graeme accepted the sanction and there was no need for a full hearing.”