Broad hit in the pocket
Stuart Broad has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for "throwing the ball inappropriately" at Pakistan batsman Zulqarnain Haider.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 09/08/10 2:50pm
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for "throwing the ball inappropriately" at Pakistan batsman Zulqarnain Haider on day three of the second Test at Edgbaston.
Broad, who was becoming increasingly frustrated by the wicketkeeper's battling innings of 88, threw a dead ball petulantly back at Haider, who was hit on the shoulder.
The Nottinghamshire seamer raised his hand in an act of apology, however the International Cricket Council have taken a dim view of proceedings.
Broad, who has been warned about his on-field discipline before, escapes a one-Test ban as this is his first official punishment.
The right-hander pleaded guilty to the charge and the matter was dealt with by match referee Ranjan Madugalle without the need for a full hearing.
Commenting on his decision, 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 played down the incident, which led to a charge of a level two offence.
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."
Pakistan captain Salman Butt saw things differently.
"Cricket is a gentleman's game but I think they got frustrated," he said.
"The throw was just one thing. There were plenty of words as well, that everyone could see, and people kicking the bowling marks.
"It's just frustration when you have been bowling too long. It's not good to see people throwing balls intentionally at others and not even apologising properly."