Niroshan Dickwella fined for violating ICC code

The incident took place in the first One-Day International between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Niroshan Dickwella is now on seven demerit points.   -  AFP


Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella received two demerit points and was fined 30 percent of his match fee for breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct during the first One-Day International (ODI) against Zimbabwe here.

Dickwella was found to have violated Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” during Friday’s match.

Friday’s incident happened in the seventh over of Zimbabwe’s innings when Dickwella, who was keeping wickets, gathered the ball, held it near the stumps and waited for the striker Solomon Mire to leave his crease.

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After an unsuccessful attempt to stump Mire, Dickwella waited for another opportunity to get the batsman out long after he had completed his stroke. “After the match, Dickwella admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing. All level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official warning, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points,” the ICC said in a statement on its official website on Saturday.

“Dickwella had come into this match with five demerit points against his name. As such, he is now on seven demerit points and pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, if he reaches eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into four suspension points and he will be banned. Four suspension points equate to a ban from one Test and two ODIs or two T20Is, two Tests or four ODIs or four T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

“In February this year, Dickwella had been suspended for two limited-over internationals after his accumulated demerit points had reached five following two breaches in a space of two weeks,” the statement added.

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinesz.

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