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Outspoken Broad fined

Calcutta: England captain Stuart Broad has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for publicly criticising match officials, following his side’s loss to New Zealand in a rain-marred Group 1 match of the World Twenty20, on Saturday.

Broad 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.”

On Sunday, the pacer pleaded guilty to a Level 1 charge and admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Match Referee Javagal Srinath.

Broad had said he and New Zealand counterpart Brendon McCullum considered taking their players off the field due to fears they could be struck by lightning in their clash.

“To be as polite as I possibly can be, I think it was distinctly average decision making, keeping us out there after the first lightning strike,” Broad said.

"It's not sour grapes because I think both sides were uncomfortable about being out there with such heavy lightning around.

“I asked the umpires (Aleem Dar and Paul Reiffel) for a bit of clarity on the decision making at the end of the game and they didn't see the lightning and didn't think it was a threat.”

“When the umpires got together and kept saying it was fine, Baz (McCullum) and I had a discussion about taking our players off the field because we didn't agree (with them),” Broad said.

“At the end of the day it's a game of cricket and I don't think the crowd and players should be under threat.

“Personally, if I'd have been in their shoes I would have had the players off the field but that's not the way it's worked.”