Yuvraj cleared of ‘dissent’ charge

Yuvraj Singh heaved a sigh of relief after being cleared of the charges of showing dissent at an umpiring decision.

Written by Agencies | Colombo | Published: February 1, 2009 5:38:02 pm

Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh on Sunday heaved a sigh of relief after being cleared of the charges of showing dissent at an umpiring decision in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

“Yuvraj had been charged under Level 1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct,which refers to ‘showing dissent at an umpire’s decision’. But at the resultant hearing,Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees cleared him of the charge,” the ICC said in a statement.

The incident happened on Saturday when Yuvraj was adjudged leg before wicket to Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara,a decision that apparently didn’t amuse the left-hander,who stood at the crease for a while before leaving.

On-field umpires Brian Jerling and Gamini Silva and third umpire Kumar Dharmasena reported the incident to Broad who gave a clean chit to Yuvraj.

“After reviewing video evidence of the incident,I am of the opinion that there was no conclusive evidence that Yuvraj showed dissent at the decision,” said Broad.

“He did stay at the crease but the delay in departing was not excessive and I felt he showed a level of disappointment rather than dissent,” he said.

Apart from Yuvraj,India coach Gary Kirsten and team manager Prakash Dixit also attended the hearing.

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