Sharma fined as Australia blamed for provocative behaviour

SYDNEY, Feb 25, 2008 (AFP) – Indian paceman Ishant Sharma has been fined 15 percent of his match fee after clashing with Australia’s Andrew Symonds in their latest tri-series match, spiking tensions between the sides again. “As long as it doesn’t boil into a major issue then it should be OK. The aggressive nature can bring the best out of some guys.”

Reports on Monday said India had responded to the fine by making a complaint about the hosts’ provocative behaviour.

In the incident on Sunday Symonds took offence to Sharma’s celebration after he was clean bowled by the teenager and the Indian responded by pointing him towards the pavilion.

Sharma was charged under the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct for the incident and faced a disciplinary hearing before match referee Jeff Crowe at the team hotel after the match.

“The gesture was a direct breach of the ICC code of conduct,” Crowe said in a statement.

“I took into account the fact that Sharma may have been provoked and that this was his first offence and hence the penalty was at the lower end of the scale.

“Clearly both teams are still sensitive to each others actions in the middle — (the) ICC has recently reiterated that a ze