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Reprimand for Kaneria

Leg-spinner used "obscene, offensive and insulting" language

Kaneria: Reprimand

Danish Kaneria has been let-off with a reprimand after pleading guilty to a charge of breaching the ICC's Code of Conduct during the third Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The leg-spinner used language that was "obscene, offensive and insulting" after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews during the second day of the match in Colombo.

The charge, under Level 1.4 of the ICC's Code of Conduct, was brought to match referee Alan Hurst by umpires Ian Gould and Simon Taufel.

Hurst then conducted a hearing in the presence of the umpires, Pakistan captain Younus Khan and manager Yawar Saeed.

"Swearing is expressly forbidden by the ICC code and in this case it was picked up by people present at the ground and the television microphones so the potential for negatively influencing spectators or viewers at home, including children, is clear," Hurst explained.

"Kaneria knows what he said was unacceptable but in coming to my decision I took into account the fact that he apologised both immediately after the incident and in the hearing.

"I am also content that the action was not directed at the batsman or any other individual and that the action was one more of frustration than anger.

"That is why the penalty is at the low end of the scale for Level 1 offences," he added.

Kaneria finished with a five-wicket haul in the first innings, the 13th of his Test career.