England fast bowler Stuart Broad has dropped his father and match referee Chris Broad from his Christmas card list. Actually Chris fined Stuart for abusing Yasir Shah in the first Test match against Manchester in Pakistan.
The right-arm fast bowler made a hilarious tweet post the incident.
???????????????????????????? @StuartBroad8 fined and given a demerit point by his dad, match referee Chris Broad!— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 11, 2020
????️???? Looks like we might need to change the words to his song slightly… https://t.co/zU63HMvUTn
He’s off the Christmas card & present list— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 11, 2020
International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Chris Broad had fined Stuart Broad 15 per cent of the match fees for using foul language after Yasir Shah’s wicket fell in the first Test and awarded him a demerit mark.
This was the first time a player was fined by his father. England won the match by three wickets on the fourth day to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. When supporters of the Barmy Army of England tweeted the news of the fine imposed on Broad on Tuesday, Broad responded in a funny manner, ‘My father is now out of the list of my Christmas cards and givers’ went.’
Chris Broad usually does not conduct matches in which his son Stuart is playing but due to travel restrictions imposed by Corona, he is responsible for match referees in all six home matches in England. Broad is awarded the third demerit point within 24 months.
He was earlier awarded demerit points for violation of the rule in Trent Bridge’s third Test against India on 19 August 2018 and the fourth Test against South Africa on 27 January this year. If he gets another D Merit mark in the second Test starting at Southampton on Thursday, he will face a match suspension.