NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been fined 30% of his match fee for making disparaging remarks during the opening T20I game against Australia, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.
The incident happened in the fifth over of Australia’s innings on Tuesday when Senanayake, after dismissing David Warner, made remarks which the ICC said could have provoked a reaction from the Australian captain.
Senanayake was found to have breached an article in the Code of Conduct which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his dismissal during an international match,” the ICC said in a statement.
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The off-spinner admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Javagal Srinath.
The statement added: “As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.”
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The maximum penalty for a first-time offence is 50% of a player’s match fee.
Australia hit a world record 263-3 to canter to an 85-run win in the T20I game at Pallekele for a 1-0 lead in the series.
Courtesy : Express Tribune