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Paceman Collins reprimanded

June 12, 2006 23:52 IST
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West Indies paceman Pedro Collins was reprimanded for excessive appealing during the second Test match against India.

Collins was found guilty of "the practice of celebrating a dismissal before the decision has been given," by match referee Jeff Crowe. The incident related to Collins' reaction as he dismissed India's V.V.S.Laxman on Saturday, the first day of the second Test match.

This is the second time a player was guilty of the same offence in this series, with India's Virender Sehwag fined 20 per cent of his match fee following an incident in the first Test in Antigua.

Crowe said: "Consistency is definitely something we are keen to establish but, at the same time, there needs to be a recognition that each case has a slightly different set of circumstances.

"In this instance the batsman appeared to start to walk after getting a healthy edge to the ball before the umpire had a chance to make a decision.

"But despite that, Pedro still has to realise he needs to adhere to correct procedure and this reprimand is designed to reinforce that point.

"Pedro pleaded guilty to the charge and was apologetic for his actions," he added.

The charge was brought by on-field umpires Simon Taufel, Asad Rauf and third umpire Steve Bucknor.

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