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Mashrafe Mortaza fined by International Cricket Council

Mashrafe Mortaza has two demerit points against his name
Mashrafe Mortaza has two demerit points against his name

The International Cricket Council has fined Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza with 20 percent of his match fees following the recently concluded tri-series final against Sri Lanka.

The decision follows after Mortaza gave an aggressive send-off to Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis when he claimed his wicket which was a breach of Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. Apart from the fine, Mortaza was also handed a demerit point and now he has two against his name.

Apart from Mortaza, Sri Lanka opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka was also reprimanded by the ICC after he gave a send-off to Tamim Iqbal when he was dismissed by Dushmantha Chameera in the sixth over of the chase.

Like Mortaza, Gunathilaka was also handed a demerit point - his first since the system was introduced.

Since, both the players pleaded guilty to the charges, match referee David Boon negated the need for a formal hearing.

The final of the tri-series was won by Sri Lanka with a 79-run margin and now both the teams will compete in a two match Test series that will be followed by two Twenty20 Internationals.

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