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Broad fined for publicly criticizing match officials

MIRPUR: Skipper of England cricket team Stuart Broad has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for criticizing umpire, ARY News has learnt.

International Cricket Council (ICC) has pleaded him guilty to a Level One charge of publicly criticizing match officials.

England lost on the Duckworth-Lewis method and Broad questioned the timing of the umpires' decision to take the teams off the field.

Lightning was seen above the ground in Chittagong before five overs of the New Zealand innings had been completed – the amount required to constitute a match – but Aleem Dar and Paul Reiffel elected to keep the players on until the arrival of rain, which came after 5.2 overs, a decision that Broad described as ‘decidedly average’.

Decisions on when to suspend play due to adverse weather are in the hands of the umpires, according to the ICC's regulations and the ECB has not yet indicated whether it would be requesting a change to the guidance for officials.

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