Shane Warne will have to dig deep into his pockets for having verbally insulted the Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary after an IPL 4 match.
The Rajasthan Royals captain was called in by the IPL disciplinary committee headed by the IPL chairman, Chirayu Amin, and Ravi Shastri following the spat between Shane Warne and Sanjay Dixit that has been virtually non stop and had even taken to the social networking site.
While the Rajasthan Royals franchisee reached out with an apology on behalf of Warne, that Warne himself did not seem to want to relinquish authority to the Rajasthan Cricket Association became apparent through his constant tweets. Eventually the BCCI, rather the IPL, had to step in as the feud was getting out of control and becoming fodder for more IPL controversy at a time when the IPL 4 has failed to ignite past passions.
After hearing out the case from both, Shane Warne and Sanjay Dixit, the IPL disciplinary committee did not pull out the one match ban which would have made Shane Warne miss his final match for the Rajasthan Royals as the captain. But he will have to shell out $50,000 for disrespecting an official.
Although it is unclear how heavy that fine is on Warne, undoubtedly by most cricketers standards, that is a rather tall amount to cough up. But perhaps while the committee showed leniency in letting Warne continue to play despite his repeated comments in the media about his discontentment over the pitch issues at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, they were also not going to tolerate behaviour unbecoming of a cricketer who constantly defies and abuses those in authority.
There is also a proposal that repeat offences of the kind could see the player copping ban time and the team also losing points in the IPL points table tally.
Warne’s fine may be seen, in that regard, as a lesson for those cricketers who think they can take matters into their own hands, irrespective of whether the official was in breach himself. Round one to Sanjay Dixit. With Warne promising on Twitter to reveal all, it would perhaps be safe to say that this may not be the final word on the feud after all.