Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined ten percent of his match fee for claiming an unfair catch on the day three of the second test match between the Islanders and South Africa. The The 21-year-old debutant was fined after being found guiltywhich brings the game to a dispute or what is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
The player has also been reprimanded and it brings to shame to the debutant s. ICC released a statement saying, “Dickwella admitted to the charge and accepted the sanction imposed by match referee Jeff Crowe without the need to convene a disciplinary hearing,”
The shameful incident took place during the seventh over of the day’s play after batsman AB De Villers golved Suranga Lakmal‘s delivery down the leg side. in response Dickwella collected the deflection after the ball bounced and continuously appealed after throwing the ball in the air while the batsman calmly stood his ground.
After the aftermath of the incident, stand in umpire Umpire Nigel Llong conferred with square leg umpire Richard Kettleborough before taking the help of third umpire Billy Bowden. Replays then clearly showed that the ball had bounced quite short of Dickwella’s gloves.
The wicketkeeper had a fine start scoring 72 and 16 apart from taking a catch and a pulling off a stumping in South Africa’s first innings but the controversy surely mars his debut.