New Delhi:Kolkata Knight Riders captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday was fined 10 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent against the umpire's decision in the IPL match against the Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.
Ganguly refused to accept the umpire's decision when he was given caught out. Graeme Smith had taken a catch off Yusuf Pathan, but Ganguly stood his ground and asked on-field umpire Pratap Kumar to refer the decision to the third umpire.
Having taken note of the incident, match referee Farokh Engineer today issued an official reprimand to the veteran cricketer and slapped him with a fine of 10% match fee.
"Ganguly's act of prevailing upon Mr Pratap Kumar, the on-field umpire, to refer a decision to the TV umpire, constitutes a Level I offence as per the ICC's Code of Conduct," IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said in a press release.
Umpire Pratap Kumar also faced the brunt of the match referee as he has been suspended for one match, on the grounds that there was no reason for him to accede to Ganguly's request to consult the TV umpire.
Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne was also fined 10 per cent of his match fee for his post-match remarks. Warne was found guilty of violating Section 1.7 of the ICC's Code of Conduct, which deals with 'public criticism of, or inappropriate comment on a match-related incident or official.'
Warne had showed annoyance and accused Ganguly of resorting to time-wasting tactics during their IPL match.
"... when we came out to field, we had to wait for Sourav. So I was really disappointed, he was really running the time," Warne said in a post-match press conference.
"When in Bangalore we signed the Spirit of Cricket it meant play in the right spirit. International captains like Graeme Smith says he caught him and it was a clean catch," Warne added.