Kevin Pietersen, the Melbourne Stars batsman, was charged and fined $5000 by Cricket Australia on Friday (February 3) for calling an umpiring mistake an “outright stunner” on air amid the Big Bash Class semi-last against Perth Scorchers.
“Stunner. Supreme stunner,” Pietersen said on air while addressing the Channel 10 pundits after Scorchers’ batsman Sam Whiteman was declared not out for a got behind interest. “He (the umpire) said it could have been glove or it could have been cushion. I said ‘Well, he has huge gloves and huge cushions to achieve that’. “Big Bash. Big Bash scratch,” the Stars batsman included.
Shawn Craig, the on-field umpire amid the time, conceded later that he got the call off-base. “It was a truly muted clamor thus I didn’t think it was bat,” Craig said on Optus Game’s Umpires’ Decision. “I failed to understand the situation. He (Whiteman) has hit it, there’s most likely I failed to understand the situation and it’s one of those ones I wish I could reclaim.”
Notwithstanding, that being a vital part of the amusement, CA chose to charge Pietersen for breaking the Set of principles for “open or media remark that is adverse to the enthusiasm of cricket, regardless of when or where such remark is made”.
The batsman acknowledged the charge at the hearing on Thursday, however questioned the authorize. He can offer and have the matter heard by a CA Set of principles Chief, for which he has a 48-hour time frame to choose. The Big Bash hitting batsman, who has to a great extent turned into a Twenty20 master since his bitter sacking from England, is likewise selecting not to play in the lucrative IPL this season.