Bangladesh batter Liton Das and Sri Lankan pacer Lahiru Kumara were fined 15 per cent and 25 per cent of their match fees respectively for breaching players’ code of conduct, ICC has confirmed.
Both have been found guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
Lahiru was found guilty of breaching Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Using language, actions or gestures which disparage, or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”
And, Liton was found guilty of breaching Article 2.20 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’.
The incident occurred in the fifth over after the dismissal of Liton in the Bangladesh innings.
After Liton’s dismissal, Lahiru walked towards him using actions and words which provoked an aggressive reaction from the batter.
Having been provoked by the bowler Lahiru, batter Liton reacted aggressively and in a manner that was contrary to the spirit of cricket.
Lahiru was fined 25 per cent of his match fee and received 1 demerit point, while Liton was fined 15 per cent of his match fee and received 1 demerit point.
Javagal Srinath of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanctions, which were ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. Kumara and Das both pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Adrian Holdstock, 3rd umpire Michael Gough and 4th umpire Rod Tucker.
Bangladesh lost the match by five wickets despite posting a big total of 171 runs. It was the first Super 12s match for both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.