Ricky Ponting is fined 250 Australian dollars for throwing his bat after being run out.
Former Australian captain Ponting, was hauled up in front of Cricket Australia (CA) for a disciplinary hearing, when he threw his bat in the air on his way to the pavilion. 38-year-old Ponting was run out after a mix-up with his young batting partner Jordan Silk.
On his return to the pavilion from the pitch, the batsman through his bat in the air and it landed just in front of him. The incident was caught by television cameras that were filming Ponting’s actions and CA decided to take the matter further.
Official disciplinary guidelines state that a player shall only receive an official warning if it is their first incident for 18 months. However, despite Ponting not being disciplined for anything in the past year-and-a-half, CA decided he should receive a more severe punishment.
“Although it was Ponting’s first offence in the last 18 months, given the nature of the incident CA objected to the prescribed penalty of an official reprimand for a first time offender,” said the CA statement, quoted at ESPN Cricinfo.
Ponting has been playing for Tasmania this season and although his outburst lost him 250 dollars, his 95 runs did help his side beat Western Australia by 51 runs at the WACA ground.