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Lehmann reprimanded for Samuels BBL query
16:55 AEST Thu Dec 27 2012

Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann has been hit with an official Cricket Australia reprimand for his controversial comments questioning the legality of West Indian allrounder Marlon Samuels' bowling action.

Lehmann, in Sydney preparing his side for Friday night's Big Bash League match with the winless Sydney Thunder, was found guilty of breaching CA's code of behaviour following a hearing via a phone hook-up.

For his troubles, Lehmann received a $3000 fine suspended for two years.

Lehmann raised the ire of CA for questioning Samuels' fast-paced offspinners - which led to the West Indian being banned from the Indian Premier League earlier this year - in Brisbane's five-wicket loss to the Melbourne Renegades last weekend.

"I just want something done. He couldn't bowl in the IPL last year, yet he can bowl in the BBL," Lehmann said after the match.

"If he's deemed legal, I'm totally understanding of that. But from my point of view, from 20 years of cricket, I've got a problem with 120km/h off no (run-up) steps."

As a result, CA deemed the former Test batsman had breached Rule 9: Detrimental Public Comment in CA's code of behaviour.

The rule states players or officials must not "denigrate or criticise another player or denigrate or criticise an official, umpire, referee or team".


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