It happens every day all over the world. A father punishes a son when the latter steps out of line and behaves badly. However, it is slightly different when the father is a 62-year old former international cricketer, and the son in question has recently become the latest to join the elite group of bowlers who have taken 500 test wickets.
However, that is exactly what has just happened in the Broad family. Father Chris, who is now a much-respected ICC match referee, has fined son Stuart 15% of his match fee for his behaviour during England’s first test win over Pakistan last week.
It follows an incident in the 46th over of Pakistan’s second innings when Broad dismissed spinner Yasir Shah. As he took the wicket, he directed abusive language at Shah, which was heard by the two umpires on the field, Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth, and picked up by the third and fourth umpires.
Broad junior has accepted the charge and has had a demerit point added to his disciplinary record. That was his third in the past two years, the first coming against India at Trent Bridge in 2018, and the second against South Africa in 2019.
Broad senior played 25 tests and 34 ODIs for England as an opening batsman, but was no angel himself on the cricket pitch, with some suggestions that the selectors curtailed his international career because of his temperament.
During a match at Lahore against Pakistan in 1987, he refused to walk and stood his ground for almost a minute after being given controversially out, only leaving the crease when persuaded to do so by his partner Graham Gooch.
And the following year at the Bicentennial test against Sydney in Australia, he smashed his stumps to the ground after losing his wicket.
Christmas in the Broad household this year could a frosty affair, and Stuart may well feel inclined to remind his father of his own misdeeds.