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Stuart Broad’s father match referee Chris Broad warns and fines him for offensive language

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Stuart Broad's father match referee Chris Broad warns and fines him for offensive language
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12 Aug 2020

Stuart Broad has been given a stern reminder from his father Chris Broad about bad language and left on the verge of a ban after being fined around £2,000 for giving Pakistan’s Yasir Shah a send-off during the first Test.

The former England opener Chris Broad is acting as the match referee for all six Tests this summer after the International Cricket Council opted to use home officials in response to the travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a ICC media release, 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’s previous breaches were on January 27 this year during the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers, and on August 19, 2018 in the third Test against India at Trent Bridge.

The latest incident occurred in the 46th over of Pakistan’s second innings on Saturday, when Broad used inappropriate language after dismissing Yasir Shah.

Broad admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. There was no need for a formal hearing.

Responding to the news, Broad joked on Twitter that his father was “off the Christmas card and present list”.

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