Graeme Swann hits back at fine after “ludicrous” conditions



England spinner Graeme Swann has hit back at the ICC following his fine for a clash with umpire Daryl Harper.

Swann feels his teams defeat to Bangladesh should never have been played and was fined ten percent of his match fee for bad language in the direction of Hare.

Swann did apologise immediately on the field, but still feels the game should never have been played at the due on the pitch made the ball to wet to spin.

“I was wrong to swear and lose my temper during England’s defeat against Bangladesh and I apologised straightaway to umpire Daryl Harper,” said Swann in his Sun column.

“But I think it was ludicrous to play a day-night match in the World Cup that was so heavily influenced by the dew.

“The ball was so wet it was like trying to bowl with a bar of soap. It felt like playing football with both hands tied behind my back.”

Swann admits he was wrong but thinks the fine was extremely harsh, adding, “To be caught swearing by the stump mic was very disappointing.

“I don’t condone bad language on the field, especially if it is directed near the umpire.

“I shouldn’t be fined at all. When you have venues where the dew is heavy, day-night cricket shouldn’t be played there.”

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