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WT20: Stuart Broad fined over lightning comments; loses cool on Twitter

Chittagong: England captain Stuart Broad has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after he criticised the decision to play on despite the threat of lightning during his side's World Twenty20 match against New Zealand on Saturday.

England captain Stuart Broad (left) talks to umpire Aleem Dar during the match against NZ on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
England captain Stuart Broad (left) talks to umpire Aleem Dar during the match against NZ on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images 

Broad felt players and fans were put in danger by the decision to keep the teams on the field while lightning struck close to the ZACS Stadium in Chittagong and considered leading his side off in protest.

On Sunday the International Cricket Council said Broad had pleaded guilty to a Level 1 charge, having breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC code of conduct for players and player support personnel.

Broad reacts...

That article 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."

Broad took to the social networking site Twitter to express his disappointment, "Shame to be fined. Back to bland and unopinionated press conferences I'm afraid. Draw a line onto the next game!" he tweeted.

A thunderstorm ended the game after 5.2 overs of the Black Caps' pursuit of 173, giving New Zealand victory on Duckworth/Lewis, but several flashes of lightning had already been seen uncomfortably close to the ZACS Stadium.

Javagal Srinath, the match referee said in a statement released by the ICC: "Umpires are the final judges of the fitness of the ground, weather or light for play."

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