Calcutta/Melbourne: Shane Warne was banned for one match and fined A$4,500 ($4,700) Monday after an ugly, foul-mouthed clash with West Indian Marlon Samuels during a Twenty20 match in Melbourne.
The spin legend, captaining the Melbourne Stars against city rivals the Renegades in the domestic Big Bash tournament on Sunday, was furious that Samuels pulled back David Hussey when the batsman was turning for a second run. And when Samuels was batting later in the game, Warne confronted the West Indian with a swear word.
In the next over, Warne, in the field, threw the ball at the Jamaican’s chest and Samuels reacted by tossing his bat down the pitch towards the Australian.
The two players squared up and had to be separated by the umpires.
Samuels was later forced to retire hurt when he top-edged a Lasith Malinga delivery into his eye. With blood gushing from his face, he needed hospital treatment.
Cricket Australia on Monday charged both players with multiple breaches of its code of behaviour and in Warne’s case found him guilty of three of four offences.
The veteran leg-spinner was sanctioned for dissent at an umpire’s decision, using obscene language and deliberate physical contact.
But he was cleared of another charge of throwing the ball at or near the West Indian in an “inappropriate and/or dangerous manner”.
Warne later accepted the one-match ban and fine imposed on him and conceded that he went too far.
“I have decided to accept my penalty of a 1 match ban ! Let’s hope the boys can win tomorrow & we can make the semi finals...” Warne tweeted. “Thanks for support guys, sport can be an emotional & at times very passionate too. I went to() far in trying to stand up for the team !!!” he added.
In an earlier tweet, Warne had stated that he considered the punishment harsh.