Suranga Lakmal has been fined 50 percent of his match fee    AFP Images
Suranga Lakmal has been fined 50 percent of his match fee AFP Images

The fourth encounter between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka on Monday at Bulawayo of the Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series saw pacer Suranga Lakmal has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for violating Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Sri Lankan team has admitted the wrongdoing and accepted the sanction proposed by Match Referee Javagal Srinath. Lakmal was discovered to have violated the Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which narrates to conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game . On the contrary, Lakmal’s disciplinary record also saw two demerit point being added.

As per Article 7.6 of the Code, if Lakmal garners four or more demerit points with a span of 2 years then they will be converted into suspension points and will be consequently banned. according to the rule, couple of suspension points will result in a ban from a solitary Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

Lakmal was fined for the incident when he threw the ball at the batsman despite the latter being well inside in the crease. It was the second over of the game when Chamu Chibhabha stood his ground and was inside the batting crease and in no intent of running for a single. But Lakmal threw the ball towards him, which could have turned out to be ugly. Although the throw didn’t hit the batsman and went straight towards the wicketkeeper but such an action from the bowler was considered opposing to the spirit of the game. There was no need of a hearing as Lakmal admitted his mistake and accepted the fine imposed by the Match Referee.

The accusation was levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Langton Rusere, third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Jeremiah Matibiri.

With inputs from ICC-cricket.com