ICC charges Ishant, Prasad, Thirimanne and Chandimal for heated exchanges
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Indian fast bowler, Ishant Sharma and Sri Lankan cricketers Dhammika Prasad, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal after heated exchanges took place on the fourth day of the third Test in Colombo.
Ishant, who is walking on thin ice after being fined twice in the last few months, was at the centre of the exchanges with the Sri Lankan players.
After receiving some bouncers, Ishant struck himself on the helmet repeatedly, gesturing towards Prasad, who did not back down without exchanging a few words.
Then Chandimal ran into Ishant, pushing him with his shoulder, prompting the umpires Nigel Llong and Rod Tucker to take charge of the situation.
Ishant, who rushed back to the dressing room after the end of the Indian innings, was followed by Prasad, leading to a further exchange of words between the players.
26-year-old Ishant failed to keep his calm as he once again reacted verbally when he dismissed Upul Tharanga in his very first over.
This was followed by Ishant hitting his head repeatedly again when he dismissed Chandimal with a superb delivery in the Sri Lankan second innings.
The ICC Media Relations team stated on their Twitter account that details of the offences will be made available after the conclusion of the Test match.
"Chandimal, Sharma, Thirimanne & Prasad charged for breaching ICC Code of Conduct. Details to be announced after the conclusion of the Test," they tweeted.
In December last year, Ishant was reprimanded by the ICC and handed a fine of 15 per cent of his match fee for firing verbal volleys after dismissing Australian captain Steven Smith.
In the second Test of the ongoing series in Sri Lanka, Ishant was docked 65 per cent of his match fee for giving send-offs to Thirimanne and Chandimal, making it his second offence in 12 months.
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