Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Chandimal Banned after On-Field Scuffle in Colombo Test

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 | 0


The International Cricket Council (ICC) found four players guilty of breaching the code of conduct during the third Test match between Sri Lanka and India that ended at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Tuesday.

Although the sport of cricket is widely regarded as the gentlemen’s game, the encounter between the two teams vindicated the adage by a hair’s breadth. The match witnessed a number of altercations – some trifling, some spiteful.

What really happened on field?

In a nutshell, India’s fast-bowler Ishant Sharma played a pivotal role all through. He kept on provoking Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath with consecutive bouncers, before the latter retaliated and the duo went face-to-face, calling for umpires’ intervention.

This seemed to have not gone down well with not only Herath, but the rest of his compatriots as well. So, when Ishant came out to bat, the Sri Lankan pace spearhead Dhammika Prasad hurled a barrage of bouncers in retaliation, and even gazed lividly at the Indian, who then, went at loggerheads with Prasad.

Soon after, Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal also joined the scuffle as he moved a step further to deal with a light shoulder thrust following which the umpires went on at skipper Angelo Mathews and brought things under control.

And how could the players escape penalty…

Even Lahiru Thirimanne ignored umpires’ warning to get out of the matter on two occasions, and was thus fined 50 percent of his match fees. Prasad was also handed a penalty of similar voltage. The duo were charged under “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” by the ICC on Tuesday.

Ishant and Chandimal, however, were banned for one match apiece for their indecent behaviour.

ICC justifies its decisions

ICC official Andy Pycroft reflected on the incidents, saying: “Chandimal was not directly involved in the incident between Prasad and Sharma, but came into the conflict and made deliberate physical contact with Sharma, and had the umpires not intervened, the situation could have escalated.”

Justifying Ishant’s ban, Pycroft added: “As regards Sharma, he had been put on notice after being charged twice for send-offs in the previous Test. Any repeat of this action within the next 12 months will potentially see him suspended for a much longer period.”

Furthermore, the ICC confirmed that all the four players didn’t disapprove the actions taken, as they acknowledged their wrongdoings after the match.

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