Colombo - Three Sri Lankan players and one Indian have been charged for
misconduct during the ongoing third Test, with details to be revealed after the
match, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.
India's fast bowler Ishant Sharma and the Sri Lankan trio of Dhammika
Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne were involved in a heated
flare-up during the fourth day's play on Monday in Colombo.
Tempers rose in the final session as Sharma and the Sri Lankan fielders had
a heated exchange after Prasad bowled three consecutive bouncers to the Indian
Chandimal nudged Sharma with his shoulder and Thirimanne too joined in the
verbal spat, forcing umpires Nigel Llong and Rod Tucker to step in to calm down
As Sharma hurried off the field after the Indian innings ended, Prasad
sprinted behind him and television pictures showed the two players speaking to
each other outside the dressing rooms.
Sharma, who was fined 65 percent of his match fees for misconduct during the
second Test, faces a possible suspension by match referee Andy Pycroft.
The ICC said on its Twitter feed that details of the charges will be
announced after the match.
"Chandimal, Sharma, Thirimanne and Prasad charged for breaching ICC
Code of Conduct. Details to be announced after the conclusion of the
Test," the tweet from the governing body said.
With the series locked 1-1, Sri Lanka, chasing an unlikely victory target of
386 on a seaming pitch at the Sinhalese Sports Club, were battling to hold out
for a draw at 97-4 shortly before lunch on Tuesday's fifth and final day.