Broad refuses to disclose verdict on Gambhir, Watson

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (UNI) Indian opener Gautam Gambhir and Australian all rounder Shane Watson were summoned today by the ICC match referee Chris Broad after the two players were charged with the violation of the code of conduct during the first day of the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy here.

However, Broad refused to disclose the verdict after the hearing and said the decision will soon be announced by the ICC.

The hour-long hearing was attended by Gambhir, India captain Anil Kumble and team's media manager GS Walia while from the Australian side captain Ricky Ponting, Watson and their media manager Philip Pope were present.

Gambhir, while going for a double ton on the first day of the Test yesterday, was hurled with some abuses from Watson and the batsmen was seen hitting the burly Australian with his elbow as he ran back to occupy his crease.

While Gambhir was charged under clause C1 Level 2 of the code which states that players shall at all times conduct play within the spirit of the game as well as within the laws of the game, Watson was charged under the same clause, C1, but as a Level 1 offence.

The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar and third official Suresh Shastri.

Level 2 penalties range from a fine of between 50 per cent of the player's match fee up to 100 per cent fee andor a ban of one Test or two ODIs. Level 1 penalties range from an official reprimand and or a fine of 50 per cent of the player's match fee.

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