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Melbourne Stars batsman Kevin Pietersen has been slapped with a fine of $5,000 by Cricket Australia (CA) for his on-air comments, criticising an umpiring decision during the Big Bash semi-final against the Perth Scorchers.
Speaking to Network Ten while fielding, the former England batsman slammed umpire Shawn Craig’s decision not to give Perth Scorcher’s Sam Whiteman out caught behind even though there was a clear edge.
“Shocker. Absolute shocker,” Pietersen had said on air.
“He (the umpire) said it could have been glove or it could have been pad. I said ‘Well, he’s got big gloves and big pads to reach that’.
“Massive. Massive nick,” the 36-year old had added.
The umpire later admitted he had made the wrong decision. Craig stood by his decision even after the Stars players led by their captain David Hussey and Pietersen pleaded him to change his decision.
“It was a really muffled noise and so I didn’t think it was bat,” Craig said on Optus Sport’s Umpires’ Verdict.
“I got it wrong. “He (Whiteman) has hit it, there’s no doubt I got it wrong and it’s one of those ones I wish I could take back.
“That’s part of the game. There are many occasions where they will … appeal confidently and it is not out and you make the right decision. Especially in the Big Bash when it is noisy and there are times when you can’t hear the nicks or something that might occur, off the pad or bat, you’ve got to rely on your partner to give you a hand. You’ve just got to trust your judgment and hope you get it right more often than not,” Craig added.
In their press release, CA stated:
“Pietersen was reported for breaching CA’s Code of Conduct Article 2.2.3 – public or media comment that is detrimental to the interests of cricket, irrespective of when or where such comment is made – a level 2 offence.”
Pietersen accepted the charge at the hearing on Thursday, but disagreed with the sanction. He can appeal and have the matter heard by a CA Code of Conduct Commissioner in the next 48 hours.