Mirpur (Bangladesh), Jan. 25 (ANI): Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the first day's play in the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Sunday.
Harbhajan pleaded guilty to contravening Level 1 offence (Section 2.1.2) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials which relates to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings".
The incident took place when Harbhajan kicked and damaged an advertising board after a misfield while guarding the boundary.
As Harbhajan accepted the decision without contest, there was no need for a hearing.
Commenting on his decision, Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, said:
"While giving my verdict, I took into account that Harbhajan admitted his mistake and apologised for his actions.
"I also accepted Harbhajan's explanation that he had kicked the advertising board in frustration.
Professional cricketers try to give their best effort when they are on the field and whenever they don't live up to the standards they have set for themselves, they feel disappointed. However, venting their frustrations in this manner is unacceptable.
"I would now expect him to maintain a certain level of self-control in future and avoid the repeat of the incident as he sets an example for millions of youngsters who follow him around the world."
All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee. The charge was brought by Billy Bowden and Marais Erasmus of the Emirates Elite panel of ICC Umpires, third umpire Sharfuddoula and fourth umpire Enamul Haque. (ANI)