Panesar fined for excessive appealing

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England spin bowler Monty Panesar has been fined for excessive appealing during the fifth and final Test against West Indies.

Panesar will be fined 25 per cent of his match fee as punishment for being over-zealous in his attempts to convince the umpire of a wicket decision.

Alan Hurst of the elite panel of ICC match referees said: "Monty Panesar is a very enthusiastic and exuberant bowler, and there is nothing wrong with that, but on this occasion he has gone too far."

Hurst continued: "On more than one occasion during the day, he began celebrating a prospective dismissal rather than appealing and waiting for the decision to be made, thereby not showing due respect for the role of the umpire.

"He is an experienced player who should know this action is not in the spirit of the game."

The punishment will only add insult to injury for an England squad who have been angry with some key decisions during the final Test.

Amjad Khan, making his England debut, was found guilty of the same offence but escaped with a reprimand, while Stuart Broad has been cleared of publicly criticising the umpires.

Hurst said of the decision not to punish the debutant: "This is Amjad Khan's first Test match and I am willing to accept that he didn't fully appreciate the importance of adhering to the ICC code of conduct. In his defence, he apologised for his actions to the on-field umpire immediately after the incident and again at the hearing. "

The charges were brought by on-field umpires Daryl Harper and Russell Tiffin, third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth official Clyde Duncan.