Cricket: Border and Hughes fined for dissent

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ALLAN BORDER, Australia's captain, yesterday received the biggest fine imposed on a Test player under the International Cricket Council's new code of conduct, introduced a year ago.

The ICC match referee, Raman Subba Row, fined Border pounds 930,

50 per cent of his match fee, for dissent on Tuesday, the final day of the drawn first Test against the West Indies in Brisbane.

Border and the fast bowler Merv Hughes were charged by the umpire Steve Randell after an lbw appeal against the West Indies captain Richie Richardson was turned down when the batsman was on 49. He went on to make 66.

Both were charged under clause 3 of the ICC code of conduct and Hughes was also charged with abusive language. The charges were referred to Subba Row and a hearing, which Border did not attend, was held at the Gabba. Hughes was fined pounds 186 - 10 per cent of his match fee.

In a statement issued by the Australian Cricket Board, Subba Row said: 'I very much expect all players to adhere to the proper standards of behaviour which should prevail in Test and International Cricket.'

Graham Halbish, the ACB's general manager, said the pair had been advised of the fines. Under ICC rules, they must be paid within one month and the players cannot comment on the findings.

Hughes said he regretted his actions and hoped Randell would have no hard feelings the next time their paths crossed.

'It was a spur of the moment thing and I can't remember what was said at the time,' Hughes said. 'I felt I had a close lbw shout and it was given not out. It was the perfect example of the bowler thinking he's always right.

'Players get frustrated and things are said, but the umpires have a job to do. As soon as I walked away from the incident, it was forgotten as far as I was concerned.'

India brushed with controversy in South Africa yesterday after the tour party refused to wear the sponsor's logo for the forthcoming seven-match one-day series. Their team manager, Amrit Mathur, said the Indians would not wear their navy blue outfits with the series sponsor's emblem on the shirts. The tourists have asked for the logo to be removed and replaced by that of their own official team sponsor. The first international is to be played in Cape Town next Monday.