Breaking News: ‘Munaf Patel admitted the offences and accepted the sanction of 50% of his match fee.’
Last Sunday (22th April, 2012) on an IPL 5 match Mumbai Indians bowler Munaf Patel was fined 50 percent (50%) of his match fee for making offensive gestures to opposition players i.e. Kings XI Punjab player. Munaf’s offensive gestures costs 50% of his earning from a match of IPL-5.
On the ground, in the 3rd over of the KXIP innings, Munaf was seen to be resorting to (speaking) verbal volleys to Punjab opener Nitin Saini after the batsman hit him for two fours and that needed intervention from the umpires and Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indian’s captain). This incident happened at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday (Kings XI Punjab won the match by six wickets against Mumbai Indians).
On the matter of Munaf Patel’s creating offensive gestures on Sunday at KXIP’s Nitin Saini, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding. So the accused Maunaf was found guilty of making some offensive gestures that constitute to Level 1 offence, (Article 2.1.4) and conduct bringing the game into disrepute (Article 2.1.8) during the clash against David Hussey’s XI. In this particular matter Munaf Patel admitted the offences and accepted the fine of 50% on his match fee.
This is not the first-time or Munaf is not the first to make or use offensive gestures on the ground in Indian Premier League 2012 season (IPL 5). This is the 2nd time he has been fined for breaching the code of conduct in IPL 5.
Previously on 9th April, 2012 at Visakapatnam with a match against (IPL 5) Deccan Chargers Munaf was fined 25% of the match fee after he was involved in a heated argument with the umpires, regarding the dismissal of Deccan Chargers’ skipper Kumar Sangakkara.
Also in 2008, during a Sri Lanka-India ODI (One Day International) match at Dambulla, he was fined 75% of his match fees for “using language that is obscene, offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player, umpire, referee, team official or spectator.” Umpire Gamini Silva had turned down an lbw appeal off Munaf’s bowling to which he responded with some unacceptable remarks.