Hardik Pandya sanctioned by ICC for 'celebrating excessively' in 1st T20I

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Dubai, Jan 28: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been reprimanded for breaching International Cricket Council's (ICC) code of conduct during the opening Twenty20 International against Australia in Adelaide on January 26 (Tuesday).

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The 22-year-old Pandya, who made his international debut at the Adelaide Oval, was sanctioned for "celebrating excessively" after dismissing Chris Lynn. (Kohli gives send-off to Smith)

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"India's Hardik Pandya has received an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first Twenty20 International against Australia in Adelaide on Tuesday," ICC said in a media release on Thursday (January 28).

The player was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "Using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match", it added.

The incident happened in the 16th over of Australia's innings when Pandya, after dismissing Lynn caught by Yuvraj Singh, "celebrated excessively in close proximity to the dismissed batsman, which could have provoked an aggressive reaction".

Pandya admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Simon Fry and John Ward, third umpire Paul Wilson and fourth official Gerard Abood.

For all first offences, 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.

Pandya took 2 wickets for 37 runs in his 3 overs in Adelaide. India won the match by 37 runs. The 2nd T20I is in Melbourne on January 29 (Friday). The series ends on January 31 (Sunday).

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