England pace bowler Stuart Broad has been penalized by the ICC (International Cricket Council) for breaching its code of conduct during the recently concluded third Test match against New Zealand and a demerit point was added to his account.
Broad was charged with a breach of Article 2.9, with relates to throwing a ball “at or near a player in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner” in the third Test match which was played at Headingley.
The incident which got Broad reprimanded happened in the 89th over of New Zealand’s second innings, when Broad fielded the ball in his follow-through and threw it towards Daryl Mitchell, with the New Zealand batter having not left his crease or showing an intent to take a run.
Second Demerit Point For Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad admitted to the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by David Boon, the ICC match referee at Headingley. The offense was leveled by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Aleem Dar, and fourth umpire David Milnes, and he received one demerit point on his disciplinary record.
The 36-year-old now has two demerit points to his name within a 24-month period, having formerly received a demerit point for directing an “unsuitable word” at Yasir Shah during the 2020 Old Trafford Test against Pakistan.
If a player collects four or more demerit points within 24 months, it can result in a ban for one Test or two limited-overs matches, whatever comes first.
Though England won the Test match easily, Stuart Broad went wicketless while spinner Jack Leach picked a fifer in each innings of the Test and earned his maiden ten-wicket haul in the longest format of the game.
Broad will now be readying to face off against India in the rescheduled fifth Test match which will be played in Edgbaston from July 1 onwards.