Australian all-rounder and Perth Scorchers’ star player, Mitchell Marsh has been fined USD 5,000 for showing aggressive dissent against umpire during a BBL match. The incident took place during this season’s Qualifier against the Sydney Sixers at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
During the 13th over of the first innings, when the Scorchers were pushing for a strong total, Marsh was given out for a strangled down the leg side of delivery bowled by Steven O’Keefe, but replays showed that there was clear daylight between bat and ball. Marsh screamed his frustration when the finger went up and he shouted directly at the umpire Sam Nogajski.
Marsh was charged by match referee Bob Stratford under Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct for showing dissent at Sam Nogajski. After the game, Cricket Australia held a hearing to decide the punishment for Marsh.
In the hearing, the all-rounder was found guilty of a Level 2 breach of Code of Conduct. The breach can lead to a suspension or a maximum penalty of $10,000. Due to Marsh’s good conduct in the past 18 months, the cricketer was given a clean chit and he was issued a fine of $5,000.
Marsh accepted the breach of code of conduct set by Cricket Australia and he acknowledged his response to a bad decision by the umpire was unacceptable and that he does not want to set that example to young cricketers who follow him.
The cricketer duly accepted the fine. He said, “I accept the fine handed down to me, my reaction to the umpire’s decision was unacceptable and not the example I want to be setting for any young cricketer. I have complete respect for the umpires and the job they do. I’ll learn from this and look forward to Thursday night’s match.”