On Wednesday, during the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera had been fined 15 per cent of his match fee while Mitchell Starc of Australia has received an official reprimand for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.
Perera violated ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel’s Article 2.1.7 which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman”. In another incident, Australia’s Mitchell Starc was found guilty of violating Article 2.1.1, which deals with “conduct that is contrary to the spirt of the game”.
At the end of the match, both the players admitted their offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for formal hearings.
On-field umpires Michael Gough and Raveendra Wimalasiri, third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinesz laid the charges on the players.
During Australia’s run chase, Perera, after dismissing David Warner, used language and displayed actions which could have provoked a reaction from the Australia opener.
Australian Mitchell Starc’s incident took place during the Sri Lankan innings in the third over when Starc threw the ball in Dinesh Chandimal’s direction, who was inside the crease at the striker’s end.
All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a reprimand up to a fine equivalent to 50 per cent of a player’s match fee.