Sachithra Senanayake, the Sri Lankan offspinner, has been fined 30% of his match fee for making disparaging remarks during the opening Twenty20 International against Australia, the International Cricket Council said on Wednesday (September 7).
The incident happened in the fifth over of Australia’s innings on Tuesday when Senanayake, after dismissing David Warner, made remarks which the ICC said could have provoked a reaction from the Australian captain.
Senanayake was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his dismissal during an international match”, the ICC said in a statement.
Senanayake admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Javagal Srinath,the match referee. “As such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” the statement added.
The maximum penalty for a first-time offence is 50% of a player’s match fee.
Australia hit a world record 263 for 3 to canter to an 85-run win in the T20I game in Pallekele for a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.