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Danish Kaneria reprimanded for on-field abuse

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has been reprimanded for abusing Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews during the ongoing third and final Test, the International Cricket Council said on Wednesday.

Kaneria verbally abused Mathews after having him caught in the slips on Tuesday, the first of the bowler’s five victims that helped Pakistan dismiss Sri Lanka for 233 at the Sinhalese sports club.

Match referee Alan Hurst of Australia reprimanded Kaneria and warned him about his future conduct following a hearing which was also attended by Pakistan manager Yawar Saeed, captain Younus Khan and the umpires.

Kaneria pleaded guilty to breaching clause 1.4 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct which relates to “using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting”.

“Swearing is expressly forbidden by the ICC code and in this case it was picked up by the people present at the ground and the television microphones, so the potential for negatively influencing spectators or viewers at home, including children, is clear,” Hurst said in an ICC statement.

“Danish knows what he said was unacceptable, but in coming to my decision, I took into account the fact that he apologised both immediately after the incident and in the hearing.

“I am also content that the action was not directed at the batsman or any other individual and the action was more of frustration than anger.

“That is why the penalty is at the low end of the scale of Level 1 offences,” Hurst said.

Another such offence could cost Kaneria a fine of up to 50 percent of his match fee.

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