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Ponting facing charge over damage to TV set

February 23, 2011 13:01 IST

Ricky Ponting, the captain of World Cup holders Australia, is facing a charge for allegedly damaging a television set in the dressing room after he was dismissed during his side's victory over Zimbabwe.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday that it had received a report on the incident from the Indian Board after it was sent to them by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) which oversees the sport in Ahmedabad where Monday's game took place.

"We expect to make a decision later today about possible charges," ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald said.

He said the report from the GCA had been forwarded to the ICC by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) late on Tuesday.

Ricky PontingThe Australian team and the match referee were travelling on Wednesday, he added.

The GCA said that Ponting had damaged a television by throwing his glove at it following his run out for 28 in the 91-run victory over Zimbabwe after returning to the dressing room.

"We reported the incident to the BCCI yesterday. They must have lodged an official protest with the ICC," GCA secretary Rajesh Patel told Reuters by phone on Wednesday.

"Ponting did throw his gloves at the television. You can't see any damage from outside but when you switch it on, there is no picture on three-fourth of the screen.

"We had to replace the television set."

Ponting was criticised in the India media for the episode but the Australian team spokesman Lachy Patterson said it had been overblown.

"Ricky threw his box (groin protector) into his bag and it flew up into a TV set," spokesman Lachy Patterson was quoted as saying in The Australian newspaper.

"It wasn't smashed. There was a small blackout on one corner of the screen. It was still working when (it was) replaced."

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