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Ricky Ponting

Ponting, 36, was run out for 28 runs as Australia began the World Cup with a 91-run win over Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad.

The International Cricket Council acted after receiving a report from the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI).

An ICC spokesman said: “We received a report about the incident and have taken the decision to charge him.”

Officials at the World Cup venue in Gujarat accused Ponting of causing the damage after the Tasmanian was run out at the non-striker’s end by a direct throw from Chris Mpofu as he attempted a second run.

On his way back to the pavilion, Ponting appeared to talk angrily to himself having failed to push on to a sizeable score in his first competitive innings since breaking a finger in the fourth Ashes Test against England in December.

The report relating to the alleged incident was sent to the BCCI by the Gujarat Cricket Association, which oversees the sport in Ahmedabad.

“When Ponting was run out, he was perhaps frustrated. He threw his gloves straight at the TV,” Gujarat Cricket Association secretary Rajesh Patel said.

“It was an LCD TV, which was properly damaged. We could not view anything so I had to replace it immediately.

“We have photos of the incident and we have informed the BCCI.

“An Australian team captain should not behave in this manner.”

The ICC spokesman added that the governing body would wait until the Australian team arrived in Nagpur on Wednesday for Friday’s Group A match against New Zealand before formally informing Ponting.

“We need to talk to him… because we don’t know what he’s going to say to it,” added the spokesman.

Ponting is attempting to become the first skipper to achieve the feat of winning three World Cup titles in a row.

A PETULANT reaction to being run out has put Ricky Ponting in danger of being banned for two of Australia’s World Cup matches.

Ponting was last night expected to be formally notified of an International Cricket Council disciplinary charge against him for an incident in which he accidentally damaged a dressing-room TV during Australia’s opening match against Zimbabwe on Monday.

The Gujarat Cricket Association, which operates the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, made the complaint to the ICC late on Tuesday, via the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
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It was expected Ponting would have been cited under section 2.1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for players, which relates to ”abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”.

The Australian team’s vehement insistence that the damage to the TV was accidental, and not as extensive as reported in India, is not necessarily enough to absolve Ponting because the charge also applies to any act which ”negligently results in damage to the advertising boards, boundary fences, dressing-room doors, mirrors, windows and other fixtures and fittings”.

That specific charge is determined to be a level-one offence, the most minor, although it could still result in a suspension for Ponting because of his blemished disciplinary record. During the past Boxing Day Test Ponting was fined 40 per cent of his match fee for a prolonged argument with umpire Aleem Dar over a failed appeal against England’s Kevin Pietersen.

Being adjudged guilty of a second level-one offence within a year would result in ”the imposition of a fine of between 50 per cent and 100 per cent of the applicable match fee and/or two suspension points”. While the latter would be extremely unlikely, if imposed by the Australia-Zimbabwe match referee Roshan Manhanama it would force Ponting out of two one-day internationals.

After being run out by a superb direct hit from Zimbabwe bowler Chris Mpofu a frustrated Ponting threw his groin protector at his kit bag on his return to the dressing-room. It reportedly ricocheted off a hard item at the top of the bag and struck the side of a flat-screen TV that was sitting on a shallow table beside Ponting’s bag.

The captain immediately notified team manager Steve Bernard who notified a Gujarat Cricket Association official about the incident and the apparent effect it had on picture quality in one corner of the screen. He also pledged to pay for any necessary repair costs.

Furthermore, association secretary Rajesh Patel was quoted yesterday by The Hindustan Times as saying that although the TV suffered some internal damage they would ”not lodge a complaint because we don’t think it is that serious”.

Indian media has called for tough sanctions against Ponting for, apparently, smashing the TV with his cricket bat despite the Gujarat Cricket Association saying it was not smashed.

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