9 Aug 2010

England bowler faces charge

9:16 am on 9 August 2010

The England bowler Stuart Broad has been charged and may face a ban for throwing the ball at Pakistan debutant Zulqarnain Haider in the second cricket test in Birmingham overnight.

The 24-year-old was spoken to by the umpires after launching the ball at Haider and striking him on the shoulder when the batsman was on 22.

The umpires also discussed the incident with Broad's captain Andrew Strauss.

It occurred at a time in the game when Haider was frustrating the England players, before he was out for a battling 88 that gave Pakistan a 112-run lead in the match.

The International Cricket Council match referee Ranjan Madugalle is allowed to hand out punishment from a fine of 50 percent of Broad's match fee up to a one-match ban.