Chandimal, Sharma banned, Prasad, Thirimanne fined following Colombo Test
Dinesh Chandimal and Ishant Sharma have been banned while Dhammika Prasad and Lahiru Thirimanne fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following incidents during the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo.
The ICC confirmed that all four players had been charged before the start of the final day and match referee Andy Pycroft has been swift in punishing all four.
Chandimal has been handed one suspension point, meaning he misses Sri Lanka's One-Day International against West Indies in November and Sharma has been given two suspension points for a separate incident, meaning he will miss India's first Test against South Africa in Mohali.
Prasad and Thirimanne have been fined 50 per cent of their match fees for their involvement in heated exchanges durign the penultimate day's play.
Pycroft further stated that the incidents in the fourth Test were detrimental to the image of the game.
“Monday’s incidents were not good advertisements for international cricket.
“These experienced cricketers forgot their fundamental responsibilities of respecting their opponents as well as the umpires, and got involved in incidents which were clearly against the spirit of the game.
“Their actions cannot be condoned and must be discouraged."
Chastising Chandimal for his needless involvement in the incident with Sharma, Pycroft said that the umpire's intervention prevented the situation from getting worse.
“Chandimal was not directly involved in the incident between Prasad and Sharma, but came into the conflict and made deliberate physical contact with Sharma, and had the umpires not intervened, the situation could have escalated.”
The ICC stated in a media report that if Sharma commits another similar offence in the next 12 months, he is likely to be banned for a period extending up to a full year.
“If 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.”
There was no need for a formal hearing after the conclusion of the Test match as all the players admitted their offences and accepted the sanctions.
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