By India Today Sports Desk: Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has said that a 25 per cent fine imposed by the ICC on England all-rounder Moeen Ali is a bit of an overspin. Moeen has been fined for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the first Ashes Test against Australia.
The former spinner took to Twitter to question the ICC’s decision to impose a 25 per cent fine, saying Moeen could have left the field and disguised the spray but did it openly.
“25% fine for this is a bit of 'overspin' on the issue when you know Moeen was not using it for any other purpose than to prevent his blister getting worse! He could have left the ground repeatedly disguising the spray but did it openly. Fair play given the finger,” Hogg posted on Twitter.
Moeen, who was making his return to the Test side after his initial retirement in 2021, was found to have breached Article 2.20 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to displaying conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.
The ICC released a statement, confirming that they’ve found Moeen guilty if breaching Article 2.20 of the Code of Conduct. The charge was leveled by on-field umpires Ahsan Raza and Marais Erasmus, with support from third umpire Chris Gaffaney and fourth umpire Mike Burns.
“Moeen Ali was found to have breached Article 2.20 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to displaying conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game,” read the statement.
The incident occurred during the 89th over of Australia's first innings at Edgbaston when Moeen was observed applying a drying agent to his bowling hand while fielding near the boundary line. One demerit point was added to the all-rounder's disciplinary record for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. This was Moeen's first offence in the past 24 months.