Cricket Australia cricket operations manager Sean Cary intervened to force Tasmanian batsman Ricky Ponting to face a disciplinary hearing for throwing his bat into the air in frustration after being dismissed in Tuesday's one-dayer against WA.
Ponting was run out for 95 during Tasmania's win at the WACA Ground and was reported by the umpires for equipment abuse after throwing his bat several metres into the air as he left the field.
Although Ponting was entitled to accept a reprimand for the level-one offence because he had not been reported within the past 18 months, Cary overruled the match officials.
Using his powers as cricket operations manager, the former WA swing bowler insisted the matter went before Perth code of conduct commissioner Rob O'Connor.
Ponting was fined $250 after pleading guilty.
He said yesterday he was not allowed to comment on the matter, and his manager James Henderson did not return calls.
"The cricket operations manager Sean Cary is the only one who can alter the prescribed penalty for an offence of that nature," a CA spokesman said.
"He was watching the game on television and acted after getting the report."
Ponting's penalty was greater than the reprimand issued to Melbourne Renegades batsman Marlon Samuels, who threw his bat towards bowler Shane Warne during a heated Big Bash match.
Ponting is considering whether to play for Tasmania next season, and the CA spokesman said it was unclear whether the incident would influence the former Test captain's decision.
But Tasmania all-rounder James Faulkner provided the clearest indication of Ponting's plans.
"It is probably the last time he will play at the WACA, but I have no idea (of his intentions)," Faulkner said. "He is taking one day at a time, but he loves playing for Tassie and he has got his eyes on the prize of winning the (Sheffield Shield) final."
Ponting will join English club Surrey in June for two months.