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Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad was fined by the ICC after making "unacceptable and offensive remarks" to Billy Bowden at Headingley Carnegie on Friday

Stuart Broad has been fined 50% of his match fee for a Level Two breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during England’s second NatWest Series ODI against Sri Lanka at Headingley Carnegie.

Broad was found to have breached Article 2.2.1 of the code which relates to “showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision”.

After play concluded, the player admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Alan Hurst of the Emirates elite panel of ICC match referees.

As such, there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge had been laid by the on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC umpires.

The charge related to an incident in the final over of the Sri Lanka innings when Broad appealed for an lbw, which was turned down. As he left the field he made some unacceptable and offensive remarks to umpire Billy Bowden about that decision.

“Accepting an umpire’s decision is an essential feature of cricket and part of the game’s unique spirit,” said Mr Hurst.

“Stuart’s behaviour was not acceptable in any form of cricket, and as a well-established member of his country’s national side and current captain of the Twenty20 international team, he must take responsibility for what he says and does,” he said.

All Level Two breaches carry a minimum penalty of a fine equivalent to 50% of a player’s match fee up to a maximum penalty of a suspension for two ODIs or two T20Is or one Test.

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