The South African pacer Kagiso Rabada and Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella have been fined 50% of their match fees by ICC as the duo were found violating Article 2.2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other Person (including a spectator) in the course of play during an International Match”.
In an interesting contest between the two teams played on February 7, the incident happened during the Sri Lankan innings when they were chasing a big target of 368. It was in the 12th over when Dickwella, after hitting a four off Rabada ran for a single on the next delivery and made a contact with him. The two players also exchanged few words with each other before umpire intervened to solve the issue.
Apart from the fine, three demerit points have also been added to their records and if one more demerit point is added to their names in next 24 months, then points will automatically be converted into a ban.
The charges were laid down by the on-field umpires Adrian Holdstock and Richard Illingworth, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and reserve umpire Shaun George. Both the players accepted the charge and hence no official hearing for the change was conducted.
The incident occurred in the heat of the moment as Sri Lanka was chasing a humongous total of 368 and were right on the money as they touched the 100 run mark in 10th over of the game.
However, Sri Lankan innings crumbled in the later part of the innings before being bundled out on a score of 327, losing the game by a margin of 40 runs.