India’s leading spinner Harbhajan Singh was reprimanded by match referee Andy Pycroft, for breaching the ICC `code of conduct’ during the second Test between India and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Harbhajan had kicked an advertisement hoarding on Sunday. On-field umpires Billy Bowden and Marais Erasmus had reported the violation to Pycroft and in the subsequent hearing, Harbhajan pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence and admitted that he gave vent to his frustration after a misfield.

Harbhajan was convicted of violating the code of conduct’s clause that relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings”.

Through a press release, Pycroft said: “While giving my verdict, I took into account that Harbhajan admitted his mistake and apologised for his actions. I would now expect him to maintain a certain level of self-control and avoid a repeat of the incident as he sets an example for millions of youngsters.”

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