Australia's Darren Lehmann fined 20 per cent of match fee for Broad blast
Last Updated: 22/08/13 10:44pm
Darren Lehmann: Accepted 20 per cent of match fee fine
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to publicly criticising Stuart Broad, the International Cricket Council has confirmed.
Lehmann gave a colourful Australian radio interview on the eve of the fifth and final Ashes Test during which he described Broad's refusal to walk after an edge in the series opener at Trent Bridge as "blatant cheating".
Lehmann also called on the public to "get stuck into him" when England tour down under this winter, adding that he hoped the seamer "cries and goes home".
He was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an International Match or any Player, Player Support Personnel, Match official or team participating in any International Match.
Lehmann admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Roshan Mahanama of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The ICC's chief executive David Richardson said: "Whilst noting the context and nature of the comments made, showing mutual respect for one's fellow professionals - including for coaches, players and match officials - is a cornerstone of how we play the game."
The range of permissible sanctions for all first Level 1 offences was a warning or reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50 per cent of the match fee.
Broad's new-ball partner James Anderson appeared wholly unmoved by the issue when interviewed in south London at the end of the first day's play dominated by Shane Watson's 176.
Asked about Lehmann's comments, Anderson said: "It is nothing to do with us, we're not really interested in anything like that.
"Stuart Broad doesn't need any extra firing up."