Niroshan Dickwella fined for violating spirit of the game

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Niroshan Dickwella

Sri Lanka’s wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee and received two demerit points for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the first ODI against Zimbabwe in Galle on Friday.

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The incident happened in the seventh over of Zimbabwe’s innings when Dickwella, gathered the ball behind the stumps, held it near to the stumps and waited for the striker Solomon Mire to leave his crease. After an unsuccessful attempt to stump Mire, Dickwella waited for another opportunity to get the batsman out long after he had completed his stroke.

The on-field umpires Ian Gould and Ruchira Palliyaguruge requested the services of the third-umpire Nigel Llong for this stumping incident and eventually the replays showed Mire was inside the crease. The breach is deemed to be “contrary to the spirit of the game”.

“After the match, Dickwella admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.” An ICC release said.

Dickwella had come into this match with five demerit points against his name. As such, he is now on seven demerit points and if he reaches eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into four suspension points and he will be banned. Four suspension points equate to a ban from one Test and two ODIs or two T20Is, two Tests or four ODIs or four T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

In February this year, Dickwella had been suspended for two limited-over internationals after his accumulated demerit points had reached five following two breaches in a space of two weeks.