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South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014: ICC finds Niroshan Dickwella guilty of Level 1 breach

Niroshan Dickwella scored 72 runs on his debut against South Africa © AFP
Niroshan Dickwella scored 72 runs on his debut against South Africa © AFP

Jul 27, 2014
Niroshan Dickwella, Sri Lanka wicketkeeper has been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct. He accepted his mistake and has been fined 10 percent of his match fee. After an incident on Day three of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Cricket Club (SSC) in Colombo, Jeff Crowe, who is one of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees sanctioned this.

Dickwella breached Level 1 Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which says: “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”.
In the 59th over of South Africa’s first innings, Dickwella appealed for a catch which was taken on a bounce and celebrated it. Crowe said, “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. We are sure that in future when a catch of this nature is in doubt, he will indicate such.”

On-field umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong, third umpire Billy Bowden, and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinesz leveled this charge. All Level 1 breaches carry an official reprimand and 50 percent of their match fees.

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