Ishant fined 65% of match fee for breaching ICC Code
Indian bowler Ishant Sharma was fined 65 <g data-gr-id="14">per cent</g> of his match fee for twice breaching the ICC Conduct of Conduct during the fourth day’s in the second Test against Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval here.
Sharma was charged with breaching Level 1 Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match”, on both the occasions. Sharma was fined 15 <g data-gr-id="17">per cent</g> of his match fee when he first provoked Lahiru Thirimanne following his dismissal. He was then fined a further 50 per cent of his match fee for also provoking for Dinesh Chandimal following his dismissal three overs later, the ICC said in a release.
Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees noted that the circumstances surrounding the second incident, including the more aggressive nature of the conduct, warranted a higher sanction than the first of the two offences.