Yuvraj fined for showing dissent

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/y/yuvrajsingh1.jpg' class='caption'> Yuvraj Singh was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire's decision of giving him out during the final ODI against Pakistan.

Updated: November 20, 2007 19:18 IST
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Yuvraj Singh was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire's decision of giving him out during the fifth and final cricket one-dayer against Pakistan on Sunday.

The punishment was handed down by ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama following a hearing after the match in Jaipur last night.

It related to the aftermath of Yuvraj's dismissal, caught behind by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Umar Gul while attempting a hook shot.

The left-hander stood his ground despite being given out by umpire Suresh Shastri and then appeared to indicate that the ball hit his shoulder rather than the bat before leaving the crease.

Yuvraj was charged under clause 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct which refers to "Showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision." He pleaded not guilty and also apologised for any offence he may have caused the umpires.

Mahanama then downgraded the charge to Level 1.3 after taking into account Yuvraj's apology and also the fact that it was his first appearance at a Code of Conduct hearing in his eight years at international level.

Explaining his decision after the hearing, Mahanama said: "I took into account several factors in downgrading the charge, including the player's previous excellent conduct, his apology at the hearing, the fact it was a spontaneous act out of character with his normal behaviour and that he did not appear to use foul or offensive language."

"However, the fact remains that when the umpire raises his finger a player must leave the crease immediately and without question no matter what he may think of the decision."

"That is one of cricket's most fundamental principles and Yuvraj's failure to adhere to that principle, especially given the message his action sends out to the millions of people watching at the ground and on television, merited some form of action," he observed.

The hearing was attended by the three umpires -- Shastri, Billy Doctrove and third umpire Amiesh Saheba -- Yuvraj, India team manager Lalchand Rajput and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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