Sri Lankan batsman, Lahiru Thirimanne, was fined 30 percent match fee for showing dissent at the umpire’s decision on the third day of the second Test against India in Colombo.
Thirimane was batting on 62 when he was adjudged caught behind off Ishant Sharma by the umpire. He refused to leave the field for a long time, he shook his head and slowly march off the field.
Replays showed that as Thirimane drove away from his body, there was a distinct sound when the ball went past the bat to wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. There was a distinct sound when the ball went past the bat, giving weight to the umpire’s decision.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) stated in a media report that the 25-year-old left-hander was found guilty of breaching the Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
“Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne has been fined 30 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the second cricket Test against India at the P. Sara Oval, Colombo, on Saturday,” said the ICC statement.
ICC further stated that there was no need for a formal hearing as the left-hander accepted the charges laid against him by the match referee Andy Pycroft.
“The incident happened in the 85th over of Sri Lanka’s first innings when the left-handed batsman stood his ground for a prolonged period of time before leaving the crease while shaking his head after being adjudged caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off Ishant Sharma.
“Following the draw of stumps on the third day’s play, Thirimanne admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. “As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.”
Decision on Ishant Sharma’s gesture is yet to be announced.