Shane Warne on Wednesday was fined $50,000 in relation to a complaint filed under the 2011 Indian Premier League Operational Rules, regarding an incident that occurred after the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, in Jaipur, on May 11. The hearing was held at Mumbai on Tuesday.
The Disciplinary Commission, which comprised Chirayu Amin (Chairman), Ravi Shastri, heard representations from both Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Dixit and Warne. At the end of the hearing, the Commission decided to impose a fine of $50,000 on Warne.
The ruling read, “The Commission is conscious of the duty of all parties involved in the Indian Premier League, to uphold the image and reputation of the game of cricket, the BCCI and the League at all relevant times. Any action which is a breach of this duty is to be treated with all necessary severity. It regards the public criticism of Mr. Dixit as being a serious breach by Mr. Warne of his IPL playing contract. However, at the same time, the Commission also recognises that Mr. Warne has apologised to Mr. Dixit, and that the incident occurred just after the match.
“In addition, the Commission is cognizant of the contribution to the game of cricket in general, and to the Indian Premier League, which has been made by Mr. Warne.
“In doing so, the Commission wishes to stress that any future such occurrences committed by Warne or any other person may result in the imposition of a fine, which may be higher than that imposed in this case, a ban for a number of matches, and/or the deduction of points from the relevant team.”