Hyderabad: New Zealand's Brendon McCullum was found guilty of showing dissent on the fourth and final day of the opening Test which his side lost to India. He was reprimanded for it, according to a release from the International Cricket Council.
With a massive target ahead and following on, the opener was playing well and leading the resilience before being found guilty of having his legs before the wicket to an Umesh Yadav delivery. McCullum reckoned his bat got a huge inside-edge before the ball hit his pads but found umpire Steve Davis' with a raised hand signalling his dismissal. The 30-year-old began his walk back but made sure that he showed his dis-approval by shaking his head and tossing the bat between his hands.
McCullum pleaded guilty to the level 1 offense a day later as his side crashed by an innings and 15 runs.
According to match referee Chris Broad, McCullum should have acted responsibly as he is a senior member of his side. "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," he said. "Brendon is one of the senior most professionals on the circuit and as such, there is a greater degree of responsibility on his shoulders. Unfortunately, his actions today went beyond what would be deemed acceptable."
Story first published on: Sunday, 26 August 2012 18:52 IST