Cricket ICC fine India team manager for umpire comments

Vinod Phadke, India's team manager, has been fined after he was quoted criticising the standard of umpiring in the series with South Africa.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined India team manager Vinod Phadke 40 per cent of his match fee for making "inappropriate comments about umpire Vineet Kulkarni" ahead of the second one-day international with South Africa.

Phadke criticised the standard of umpiring by Kulkarni following the first ODI against South Africa in Kanpur, which the tourists won.

"I have not seen the captain's report, but I am going to mention him [umpire Kulkarni] in my report. It is obvious to everybody that the umpiring has not been good," Phadke was quoted as saying.

That prompted a charge from the ICC and Phadke was found guiilty in a formal hearing after Wednesday's second ODI - despite pleading his innocence.

An ICC statement read: "Mr Phadke was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for players and player support personnel, which relates to "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in any international match.

"The range of permissible sanctions for all first Level 1 offences is a warning or reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50 per cent of the applicable match fee."

India claimed a 22-run victory in the second ODI at Indore to level the five-match series.

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