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Swann, not Bravo, should be fined
Wednesday, June 27 2012
THE EDITOR: The record will show that England won the second ODI (and the series) quite comfortably. What it will not show is that Chris Gayle was given out unfairly just as he was taking the England bowlers apart. It will not show that Graeme Swann practically begged umpire Tony Hill to give him out, which he did after some hesitation. But Hill is yet another umpire who has a history of bad decisions against the West Indies. Had Hill chosen to give Gayle not out and England reviewed (which they would have, given Swann’s insistence), he would have remained not out.
Now I fully expected Swann to have been reprimanded, at least, and/or fined for excessive appealing. To me, Swann’s behaviour was worse than Denesh Ramdin holding up his note. And while I agree that Ramdin’s act was ill-advised, I cannot see the basis for his fine. Would he have been fined if the note had said, “Hi, mom”?
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