Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cricket World Cup 2011: Australia captain Ricky Ponting charged by ICC for damaging TV after run-out tantrum

23 Feb 2011

Officials at the World Cup venue in Gujarat accused Ponting of causing the damage after being run out during the 91-run victory over Zimbabwe.

The Tasmanian was caught short of his crease at the non-striker\'s end by a direct throw from Chris Mpofu from the boundary as he attempted a second run.

On his way back to the pavilion, Ponting was seen talking angrily to himself. He apparently let anger get the better of him after watching the replay of his dismissal on the television.

An ICC spokesperson said: \"We have received a report from the BCCI [Board Of Control For Cricket In India] through the GCA [Gujarat Cricket Association] about the incident and we have taken the decision to charge him.\"

The Australia team is currently on its way to Nagpur to play New Zealand on Friday in their second Group A clash.

According to reports, Ponting immediately apologised for the incident and asked the authorities for a replacement.

GCA secretary Rajesh Patel yesterday confirmed the incident, saying: \"When Ponting was run out, he was perhaps frustrated. He threw his gloves straight at the TV.

\"It was an LCD TV, which was properly damaged. We could not view anything so I had to replace it immediately.

\"We have photos of the incident and we have informed the BCCI about this incident.\"

He added: \"An Australian team captain should not behave in this manner.\"

Ponting, 36, is attempting to become the first skipper to achieve the feat of winning three World Cup titles in a row.

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