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ECB support decision to fine Australia coach Darren Lehmann for comments about Stuart Broad

Lehmann criticises Broad

Darren Lehmann: ECB have welcomed his punishment by the ICC

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The England and Wales Cricket Board has supported the decision to fine Australia coach Darren Lehmann for his comments about Stuart Broad, which they described as "incitement".

Lehmann gave a radio interview to Australian station Triple M prior to the fifth Ashes Test this week during which he accused the England seamer of "blatant cheating" for his refusal to walk in the opening match of the series at Trent Bridge.

The Baggy Greens supremo then went on to invite Australian crowds to "get stuck into him" during the return series Down Under which gets underway in November.

That latter phrase appears to have caused disquiet at the ECB, though they did not report Lehmann to the International Cricket Council.

Instead, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson laid a disciplinary charge of his own which resulted in the former Yorkshire batsman being fined 20 per cent of his match fee - or around £2000.

Tight security

The ECB supported that decision and reiterated their intention to keep security tight during their winter tour.

A statement read: "The England and Wales Cricket Board, having reviewed the disciplinary process undertaken by the International Cricket Council overnight, have welcomed the swift action taken and also noted Cricket Australia's acceptance of the sanctions handed down to their team coach Darren Lehmann.

"The ECB, in supporting its players, management support staff and their families, believe no-one in the game condones incitement of any kind and we will take all necessary steps to ensure safety on tour.

"The ECB now wishes to bring this disappointing incident to a close and will make no further comment."

Were the ICC right to fine Darren Lehmann for his comments about Stuart Broad?

  • Yes
  • No