England's Broad Fined for `Unacceptable' Throw at Batsman in Cricket Test

England fast bowler Stuart Broad was fined 50 percent of his match fee by cricket’s governing body after throwing the ball “inappropriately” at a Pakistani batsman yesterday.

Broad pleaded admitted he breached the sport’s rules on dangerous play yesterday by throwing at Zulqarnain Haider after the end of the 63rd over of the day during the second cricket Test between England and Pakistan at Edgbaston, in Birmingham.

“The actions of Stuart Broad were unacceptable,” match referee Ranjan Madugalle said in a statement. “I understand the frustrations of a bowler in the heat of the moment but as an international sportsman one needs to control these emotions whatever may be the situation and always respect the opponent.”

A 100-run partnership between Haider and Saeed Ajmal frustrated England on day three of the game, giving Pakistan a 112-run lead with one wicket remaining.

Haider hadn’t moved from his position in front of the stumps when Broad threw the ball back in his direction. That prompted a complaint to Madugalle from on-field umpires Steve Davis and Marais Erasmus, third umpire Tony Hill and fourth umpire Jeremy Lloyds.

The visitors were 291-9 in their second innings at stumps after recovering from 153-7. Haider, who was making his debut and failed to score in the first innings, hit 88 with Ajmal adding a Test-best 50.

England leads the four-match series 1-0 after a 354-run win at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

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