India Capitals pacer Mitchell Johnson was warned and fined 50 per cent of his match fee for engaging in heated arguments during a Legends League match at the Barkatullah Khan Stadium on Sunday. The incident happened during the qualifier match between India Capitals and Bhilwara Kings, where Johnson got into verbal chatter with Bhilwara Kings batsman Yusuf Pathan. He was seen pushing Pathan before the umpires intervened.
After a detailed investigation into the incident, a disciplinary committee headed by Legends League Cricket Commissioner Ravi Shastri decided to penalize the bowler and send him an official warning. In an official release, CEO and Co-Founder Raman Raheja said that we are here to promote serious and competitive cricket through this league. What happened on the field during the qualifier match yesterday should not have happened. We have watched the video closely several times before coming to any conclusion.
He said that I hope there is a clear message to everyone that the spirit of the game is of prime importance and such things will not be repeated in this league. Talking about the match, Yusuf Pathan was in good form for Bhilwara Kings.
He scored 48 runs in just 24 balls, which included 4 sixes and 3 fours. Johnson, on the other hand, proved to be a bit expensive. He took 2 wickets for 51 runs in his 4 overs. In the end, it was Johnson who got Pathan’s wicket. Kings scored 226 for 4 in their innings of 20 overs.