Three Sri Lanka players and India’s Ishant Sharma have been found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in two separate incidents during the penultimate day’s play in the 3rd Test against India at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo.
Dinesh Chandimal has been handed one suspension point for breaching Article 2.2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a Player”.
This means Dinesh Chandimal will miss Sri Lanka’s next ODI, which will be against the West Indies at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The incident happened in the 76th over when Chandimal made deliberate physical contact with Ishant Sharma when India’s number-11 batsman was in the middle of a heated exchange with fast bowler Dhammika Prasad.
Just before the contact between Chandimal and Sharma, Lahiru Thirimanne had twice ignored the umpires’ warnings not to get involved in the incident.
For their roles in the incident, both Lahiru Thirimanne and Dhammika Prasad have been fined 50 per cent of their match fees. The two players were charged under Article 2.1.1, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
In a separate incident, which happened in the first over of Sri Lanka’s second innings, Ishant Sharma was handed two suspension points for giving a send-off to opener Upul Tharanga.
Ishant Sharma was charged under Article 2.1.7, 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”.
This was the third time that Ishant Sharma been found guilty of giving the dismissed batsman a send-off during this series. Therefore, he has been suspended for his next match and will miss India’s first Test against South Africa in Mohali from 5 November.
If Ishant Sharma commits a further breach of Article 2.1.7 within 12 months, it will amount to his fourth offence and, as such, he will face an imposition of eight Suspension Points or a suspension for a fixed period of time ranging between the equivalent of eight Suspension Points and one year.