MS Dhoni did not offend me: Bruce Oxenford to match referee
Chennai Super Kings’ captain MS Dhoni narrowly escaped a ban following quite an outlandish confrontation with the on-field umpire during the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals.
MS Dhoni who is celebrated for his coolness in and outside the cricket field, was fined 50 percent of his match fees later for the incident.
During the last over the match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, when Ben Stokes missed his length, main umpire Ulhas adjudged a delivery as ‘no-ball’ before before changing his mind again.
In the heat of the moment, Dhoni lost his temper and rushed into the field to advocate his team’s cause.
As per reports revealed, the sources knowing the developments in the aftermath of the incident said that the match referee — Prakash Bhatt — took the word of leg-umpire Bruce Oxenford and decided to keep the sanction into deduction of match fee.
“When all parties met in the match referee’s room after the game, Oxenford made it clear that he wasn’t offended by the CSK skipper’s act of walking onto the field and having a discussion on the no-ball being reversed,”
the source was quoted as saying.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India stated, “MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 percent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur.”
“Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” it further stated.
According to the ICC Code of Conduct, showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by words or action can lead to a maximum punishment of one Test or two ODI ban.