Praveen fined for arguing with umpire
Praveen Kumar, the India seamer, has been fined 20% of his match fee after pleading guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first day's play at Trent Bridge.
The breach concerned his argument with umpire Marais Erasmus, who turned down an appeal for lbw by Praveen against Kevin Pietersen in the 18th over of the day.
Pietersen appeared to have been struck in line and, though he had made a big stride forward, replays suggested the ball would have clipped the bails, and Praveen was disappointed the appeal wasn't upheld. He was involved in a long discussion with Erasmus at the end of the over and Harbhajan Singh stepped in to calm things down.
Praveen was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the Code of Conduct which relates to "arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision." Praveen admitted to the breach and accepted the fine imposed by match referee Ranjan Madugalle. The charge was laid by the two on-field umpires Erasmus and Asad Rauf, third umpire Billy Bowden and fourth umpire Tim Robinson.
Bowden had issued Praveen a warning for running on the pitch during the first innings of th opening Test at Lord's. In the West Indies, in the first Test in Jamaica, Praveen was not allowed to continue bowling after being warned twice with regard to the same problem.
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