Nagpur - Sri Lanka fast bowler Dasun Shanaka was Saturday
fined 75 percent of his match fee for ball tampering, cricket authorities said,
in the on-going second Test against India in Nagpur.
According to the International Cricket Council, Shanaka was
charged by match officials for "changing the condition of the ball",
after he was seen picking the area near the seam of the ball on TV.
Shanaka, 26, playing just the third Test of his career, went
wicketless on day two that saw India post 312-2 in response to Sri Lanka's 205.
The incident happened in the 50th over of the Indian innings
and Shanaka admitted to the offence after the end of a gruelling day for Sri
Lanka on the field.
"These are early days in Dasun's career and I am sure
this sanction will ensure he is more careful when maintaining the condition of
the ball in the future," match referee David Boon was quoted as saying in
an ICC release.
The lanky paceman, who made his Test debut against England
at Leeds last year, was also handed three demerit points for his offence.
If Shanaka reaches four or more demerit points within a
24-month period, they will be converted into suspension points and he will be
The visitors are fighting hard against top-ranked India in
the three-match series. The first Test ended in a draw.