Ricky Ponting fined by Cricket Australia

Ponting threw his bat in the air while walking back to the pavilion after being dismissed in the RYOBI cup © Getty Images

Sydney: Feb 20, 2013

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been fined for breaching the CA Code of Behaviour during the RYOBI One-Day Cup match between Tasmania and Western Australia at the WACA Ground.

Ponting was reported for breaching Rule 1.1 Abuse cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings, a Cricket Australia (CA) media release said.

The incident occurred after Ponting was given run out during Tasmania’s batting innings yesterday. As he was leaving the field of play, Ponting threw his bat into the air and it landed a couple of metres in front of him.

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 of the Code of Behaviour and requested the charge be heard in front of a CA Code of Behaviour Commissioner.

The hearing occurred here this afternoon in front of Commissioner Rob O’Connor. Ponting pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined USD 250.