Dilshan fined for code breach
Tillakaratne Dilshan (File)
Colombo - Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan has been fined 10 percent of his match fee after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Test between his side and England at the P Sara Oval, Colombo on Thursday.
Dilshan was charged with a Level 1 offence, contrary to clause 2.1.5 which covers “excessive appealing and excessive shall include a) repeated appeal of the same decision/appeal and b) celebrating a dismissal before the decision has been given”.
Dilshan pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction so there was no need for a formal hearing.
The incident took place during the England first innings with Sri Lanka bowling. In over 88.2, after delivering the ball, the bowler (Dilshan) ran towards the striker’s end celebrating a dismissal before the decision had been given. When he reached the other end he turned around and appealed repeatedly.
Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, said: “Dilshan accepted the charge and the penalty imposed without qualms and so there was no need for a formal hearing.”
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Asad Rauf and Bruce Oxenford and third umpire Rod Tucker, of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, as well as fourth official Ranmore Martinesz.
All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee.