The news of senior England fast bowler Stuart Broad being fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first Test against Pakistan in Manchester was supposed to be a serious, but it came with a comical twist, thanks to his father Chris Broad who officiated the match.
Stuart Broad was fined by his father Chris, which became the cherry on the cake. Cricket fraternity and fans were in splits as soon as they read the headline. In this novel coronavirus pandemic situation, which has turned to be a stressful situation for many, the news thanks to the ‘Broad’ family served as a moment of laughter.
England’s Barmy Army, known for their famous chants for the English players, retweeted the ICC press release about the decision with a tweet suggesting that they might need to change the song slightly.
@StuartBroad8 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…,” Barmy Army tweeted.
🏴 @StuartBroad8 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… https://t.co/zU63HMvUTn
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 11, 2020
But to add to the delight of fans, Stuart Broad came up with a response, which was nothing sort of gold.
He’s off the Christmas card & present list
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 11, 2020
According to the ICC release, Stuart Broad was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”
In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Broad, for whom it was the third offence in a 24-month period, taking his cumulative demerit points to three.
Broad will be next seen in action in the second Test against Pakistan. England currently lead the series 1-0.