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Broad fined for 'inappropriate throw'

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Marais Erasmus & Stuart Broad

Umpire Marais Erasmus has words with Stuart Broad after the bowler threw a dead ball at batsman Zulqarnain Haider

England fast bowler Stuart Broad was today fined 50% of his match fee for breaching the ICC code of conduct during day three of the second npower Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

Broad was charged with the breach of the code after an incident involving Pakistan batsman Zulqarnain Haider.

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle stepped in with the charge after Broad was seen to “throw the ball inappropriately”.

Broad threw a dead ball back at Haider, who was hit on the shoulder, during play at Edgbaston yesterday.

Haider had earlier survived a caught-behind appeal by Broad after England called for a review of the not out decision.

Broad was charged with a Level Two offence under article 2.2.7 of the code which relates to “throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate/and or dangerous manner”.

The right-hander pleaded guilty to the charge and the matter was dealt with by Madugalle of the Emirates elite panel of ICC match referees without the need for a full hearing.

Madugalle said: “The actions of Stuart Broad were unacceptable.

“I understand the frustrations of a bowler in the heat of the moment but as an international sportsman one needs to control these emotions whatever may be the situation and always respect the opponent.

“Stuart, by pleading guilty, realised his mistake and I’m sure he will not repeat the same again.”

Broad's team-mate Graeme Swann last night played down the incident.

Swann said: “Knowing Broady as I do, he certainly didn't have any malice behind it and he can't throw the ball hard enough to hurt anyone anyway.

“He apologised straight away. It was just a sign of the frustrations that were going on.”

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