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Stuart Broad cops fine for inappropriate language in first Test
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Stuart Broad cops fine for inappropriate language in first Test

Stuart Broad has been fined 15% of his match fee for a heated send-off in the first Test against Pakistan. The veteran seamer has been found guilty of breaching Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel with his actions being considered to be a Level 1 offence.

The incident occurred during the 46th over of Pakistan's second innings on Saturday when Broad was found to be using inappropriate language after dismissing Yasir Shah. Broad removed the Pakistan leg-spinner in the opening hour of day four following the latter's counterattacking 33 that also included a towering six off the senior paceman.

Coincidentally, the sanction was proposed by Broad's father, Chris Broad, who was serving as the match referee for the Old Trafford encounter. This unique event marks the first time a player has been fined by his father in international cricket.

One demerit point has been added to Broad's disciplinary record, taking his tally of demerit points to three in the last 24 months. Another demerit point could lead to a one-match suspension for the 34-year-old. His previous breaches were in January this year against South Africa and in 2018 during the India Test series at home.

Broad admitted the offence, thus requiring no formal hearing for the matter. On-field umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth, third umpire Michael Gough and fourth official Steve O’Shaughnessy had levelled the charge.