Ishant Sharma was banned for one test match after he along with three other Sri Lankans were caught breaching ICC’s code of conduct in the ongoing third test. Apart from Ishant, Dinesh Chandimal is suspended from one ODI while Dhammika Prasad and Lahiru Thirimanne are fined 50% of their match fees. With this, Ishant will miss out from the first Test against South Africa at Mohali.

According to the ICC, Ishant was charged under Article 2.1.7, which relates to using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.

ICC match referee Andy Pycroft has said “Monday’s incidents were not good advertisements for international cricket. These experienced cricketers forgot their fundamental responsibilities of respecting their opponents as well as the umpires, and got involved in incidents which were clearly against the spirit of the game. Their actions cannot be condoned and must be discouraged. 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. 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.

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