Hyderabad: In a one sided affair, raising voice against an unfair decision by Steve Davis against him has cost him 50% of his match fee. The New Zealand batsman was seen raising bat towards the umpire for telling him that there was an inside edge after he was adjudged out LBW on a Umesh Yadav delivery in the 46th over.
The Kiwi top order batsman has been reprimanded for showing dissent to Davis’s decision during the first Test against India at Hyderabad.
The wicketkeeper supplicated the guilty to a Level 1 breach of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct during the fourth day’s play here, an ICC statement said.
He will be docked 50 percent of his match fees.
After India won the Test by an innings and 115 runs, which has given the home side a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, the opener admitted to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by match referee Chris Broad.
The charge was laid by the on-field umpires Ian Gould and Steve Davis, third umpire Vineet Kulkarni and fourth umpire Chettithody Shamsuddin.
The charge related to an incident in the 46th over of New Zealand’s second innings when McCullum stood for an extended period of time, showed his bat to umpire Davis after he had been given out LBW off Umesh Yadav, before leaving the field while shaking his head.
Explaining his decision, Broad said: “I understand New Zealand had an uphill task and Brendon was leading his side’s fight back. But his actions, after he was given out, were unacceptable as the ICC code clearly states that whatever may be the situation, you have to always respect and accept an umpire’s decision.”