LONDON/SYDNEY, 23 AUG
You are wrong if you thought Australia coach Darren Lehmann, fined 20 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council for calling England cricketer Stuart Broad a cheat, would be losing the cash. According to reports from Australia, the country’s Triple M radio station will cough up because, as it says on its website, it "can’t let (him) take all the blame for something that happened on our station. He’s a mate and a great bloke and we’ll be paying it on his behalf."
Earlier, the ICC said Lehmann had admitted breaching Article 2.1.7 of its Code of Conduct relevant to public criticism or inappropriate comment.
Broad snicked an Ashton Agar delivery to Australia skipper Michael Clarke during the first Test at Trent Bridge but did not walk after umpire Aleem Dar had turned down appeals for a catch.
He later admitted getting a touch. Australia, having used up their quota of referrals, were unable to challenge the decision.
Lehmann admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Roshan Mahanama of the elite panel of ICC match referees, obviating a formal hearing.
The charge was laid by ICC chief executive officer David Richardson.
In another development, former Australia captain Ian Chappell accused Australia coach Darren Lehmann of hypocrisy for calling Broad a “blatant cheat”.