Kevin Pietersen, the England batsman plying for Melbourne Stars in BBL got into yet another controversy. The player was convicted of criticizing an umpire's decision in a semi-final league match of the tournament. The player has been charged a fine of Australian Dollar 5,000 for his "misconduct." The England batsman was heard criticizing the decision of turning down the appeal against Sam Whiteman in the match. The problem was, he was on-air, in a session with the commentary, when he expressed his thoughts.
In the T20 league semi-final played between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers, in an instance, the umpire turned down a caught behind appeal against Whiteman. Pietersen was fielding and was wearing a microphone, which was live with the commentary. To the decision, the former England captain responded as a shocker, "an absolute shocker." He went on saying against the umpire, "He says it could have been glove or pad, as I said, 'well, he's got big gloves and big pads to reach that' Massive nick."
The comment was clearly a criticism of the umpire's decision. As Cricket Australia expressed, it was a breaching of the Code of Conduct Article 2.2.3. The article prohibits "public or media comment that is detrimental to the interests of cricket, irrespective of when or where such comment is made."The offence is considered as a level 2 offence by Cricket Australia. Following the rule book, Match Referee David Talalla went through the written reports of the umpires and proposed the Australian Dollar 5000 fine for the player.
The fine was upheld on February 2 as a response from Pietersen's decision to dispute the sanction on January 27. Talalla produced more evidence like video footage along with umpire's written report. The player accepted the charges but he is against the fine. There will be further hearing on the case. Cricket Australia gave 48 hours to the player to decide if he would appeal against the match referee.
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