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Stuart Broad Says Dad Chris Off Christmas Card List After Sanction

Stuart Broad walks away with a stump after England win Wisden Trophy (Image:AP)

Stuart Broad walks away with a stump after England win Wisden Trophy (Image:AP)

England quick Stuart Broad says his father, match referee Chris Broad, is off his Christmas card list after he fined him for giving Pakistan's Yasir Shah a sendoff in the first test.

English bowler Stuart Broad on Tuesday on a lighter note said that his father and match referee Chris Broad was “off the Christmas card and present list”. The fast bowler joked on social media after he was fined 15 per cent of the match fees by his father for giving Pakistan’s cricketer Yasir Shah a send-off in an inappropriate manner.

During the first Test between England and Pakistan at Manchester, Broad had Shah caught-behind the stumps. But as Shah departed for pavilion, Broad used unsuitable language, engaging in an exchange of words with the Pakistan player.

Due to his behaviour, a fine of £2,000 was slapped and a third demerit point was added to his disciplinary record on the recommendation of his father. The incident made it clear that family loyalties were not at play.

The right-arm fast bowler earned two previous demerit points for using a cuss word against South Africa’s Faf du Plessis in Johannesburg and provoking language aimed at India’s Rishabh Pant two years ago. These points stay on a player’s record for two years.

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After Broad was fined at Manchester, Cricket fans’ group England’s Barmy Army on Twitter wrote, “Stuart Broad fined and given a demerit point by his dad, match referee Chris Broad! Looks like we might need to change the words to his song slightly.”

Responding to the tweet, the English bowler said, “He’s off the Christmas card & present list.”

Broad recently hit headlines for achieving a milestone. He entered the 500-wicket club during the Test series against West Indies.