Senanayake fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

(FILES) In this photograph taken on September 6, 2016, Australia's captain David Warner (L) is congratulated by Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake after Australia's victory in the first T20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele. Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct after he made remarks on taking Australia's David Warner's wicket which could have provoked a reaction form Warner, during the opening T20 match played at Pallekelle. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO ARCHIVES

Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the opening Twenty20 International (T20I) against Australia in Pallekele on Tuesday.

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 incident happened in the fifth over of Australia’s innings when Senanayake, after dismissing David Warner, made remarks which could have provoked a reaction from the Australia captain.

After the match, Senanayake admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge had been laid by on-field umpires Ranmore Martinesz and Raveendra Wimalasiri, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth umpire Deepal Gunawardene.

All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a warning/reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50 per cent of the applicable match fee.