Watson fined 10%, decision on Gambhir on Friday

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/shanewatson_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Shane Watson fined 10 per cent of match fee for altercation with Indian opener Gautam Gambhir during the second Test against India in New Delhi.

Updated: November 25, 2008 14:13 IST
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New Delhi:

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for an altercation with Gautam Gambhir during the second Test against India in New Delhi.

Watson has been charged under the same clause, C1, but as a Level 1 offence.

During a hearing in front of on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Aleem Dar, third umpire Suresh Shastri and fourth umpire Sameer Bandekar, Australia team coach Tim Nielsen and Australia team manager Steve Bernard, ICC match referee Chris Broad found Watson of breaching Level 1 of ICC Code of Conduct during his on-field altercation with Gambhir during the first innings of the on-going third cricket Test between India and Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday.

However, a decision on Gambhir has been adjourned until Friday morning to allow Broad to review the evidence.

Gambhir, who made his maiden double century, scoring 206 in India's first innings, has been pleaded guilty to a C1 Level 2 offence of not playing within the Spirit of Cricket.

In case Gambhir was found guilty under Level 2 offence, he is entitled to a fine of of between 50 and 100 per cent of match fee or a maximum ban of one Test match or two One-day International.

However, for a Level 2 offence, a player has the right to appeal against an adjudicator's decision within 24 hours of notification of that decision.

The incident related to contact between Gambhir and Watson as Gambhir ran between the wickets during the 51st over of India's first innings on day one of the third Test in New Delhi on Wednesday. The hearing will take place after the second day's play.

Level 1 penalties range from an official reprimand and/or a fine of up to 50 per cent of the player's match fee.

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