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Dickwella Fined For Claiming Unfair Catch

Niroshan Dickwella celebrates
Niroshan Dickwella (right) has been fined and given a reprimand
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Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee and given an official reprimand for unfairly claiming a catch against South Africa in the second Test in Colombo.

Dickwella, making his Test debut, took a ball that bounced in front of him and claimed a clean catch on day three of the match while AB de Villiers was batting.

Match referee Jeff Crowe ruled that his actions were contrary to Level 1 Article 2.1.8 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct which states:

"Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute."

The charge was brought by on-field umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong as well as their off-field colleagues Billy Bowden and Ranmore Martinesz.

"While claiming an unfair catch is a serious offence, we noted that this is Niroshan’s his first Test and in excitement he claimed the catch," Crowe said.

"We are sure that in future when a catch of this nature is in doubt, he will indicate such."

Dickwella admitted the charge and the penalty.

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