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MOHALI, India Oct 21 India paceman Zaheer Khan
was fined 80 percent of his match fee after being found guilty
of a code of conduct breach following the second test win over
Australia on Tuesday.
Khan, summoned for a disciplinary hearing by International
Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Chris Broad after the game,
pleaded guilty to a level two charge under the code of conduct
rules, a statement from the governing body said.
Khan appeared to say something to opener Matthew Hayden
following the batsman's dismissal before tea on Monday's fourth
India won by 320 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match
"Clearly, this sort of behaviour is not acceptable at any
level of cricket - it showed a lack of respect for the player
who had been dismissed," Broad said in the statement.
"Respect for the opposition was something that we talked
about in the pre-series meeting I had with both captains and so
it was disappointing that Zaheer behaved in this way.
"However, in considering the penalty, I took into account
the fact that Zaheer had a good disciplinary record. He also
pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was very apologetic
while also promising not to repeat the offence."
The bowler, fielding in the deep, ran towards Hayden as he
made his way back to the pavilion before turning towards his
celebrating team mates. Hayden gestured at the umpire before
Players from both sides were involved in verbal exchanges
during the match and the umpires stepped in more than once,
including on the final morning.
Khan also exchanged words with Australian wicketkeeper Brad
Haddin during the drawn first test in Bangalore while making a
crucial fifty as the hosts salvaged a draw.
The penalty for a level two offence ranges between 50 and
100 per cent fine of the player's match fee and/or a maximum ban
of one Test match or two ODIs. Players have the right to appeal
(Reporting by N.Ananthanarayanan, Editing by John O'Brien
and Padraic Halpin)