The veteran English fast bowler, Stuart Broad has received a fine and a demerit point from his father Chris Broad, a match referee, as the pacer has been found breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) code of conduct during the first Test against Pakistan. Broad was fined 15 percent of his match fee for a level one breach apart from one demerit point for using foul language after dismissing Yasir Shah in Pakistan’s second innings at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Broad has acknowledged his offense and the sanction proposed by Chris Broad, the former England batsman who is now a member of the ICC’s elite panel of match referees.
Cricket fans’ group England’s Barmy Army on Tuesday took to Twitter and wrote,” Stuart Broad fined and given a demerit point by his dad, match referee Chris Broad! Looks like we might need to change the words to his song slightly.” To this, the English seamer replied: “He’s (father) off the Chrismas card and present list.”
He’s off the Christmas card & present list
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 11, 2020
Chris would not normally be allowed to officiate in a match involving his son. But in a bid to cope with travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus, he along with a team of English umpires has been officiating in the three-match series against Pakistan, after England’s 2-1 win against the West Indies last month.
The incident took place in the 46th over of Pakistan’s second innings of the match when Broad can be seen using foul language after dismissing Shah, stated an ICC media release. After this demerit point, Broad has collected three points in the 24-month period. His previous breaches were on January 27 this year during the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers, and on August 19, 2018, in the third Test against India at Trent Bridge.
England and Pakistan will be locking horns with each other for the second Test which is scheduled to commence in Southampton on Thursday.