Pakistan is currently playing Test series against Sri Lanka. On day three of the second Test Sri Lankan fast bowler Asitha Fernando showed inappropriate gestures to Pakistani batsman Saud Shakeel.
The fast bowler was then warned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaking the ICC code of conduct for players during day three of the second Test match.
During the 81st over of Pakistan’s innings, the fast bowler went to Saud Shakeel and celebrated in an inappropriate manner after dismissing the batsman.
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Asitha Frenado is charged under the Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, this article is related to using language, actions or gestures which offend or could provoke other players during an international match.
One demerit point is also added to the disciplinary record of the bowler. Asitha Fernando admitted the mistake and accepted the punishment so the formal hearing was dismissed on the case.
The charge was levelled on field by umpires Alex Wharf and Raveendra Wimalasari, along with third umpire Rod Tucker and Prageeth Pambukwella.
The breaches for level one carry a minimum penalty of an official punishment, and maximum of 50% of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
Pakistan’s performance in Test series
Abdullah Shafique scored double century and an unbeaten 132 by Agha Salman put Pakistan back into a strong position during the day three of second test. Shakeel also recorded another fifty and became first-ever batsman to score a half century in the test series.
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Shakeel also won the award for Player of the Match in the first Test, which Pakistan won by four wickets last week. He is also only second Pakistan batter to hit a double ton in his first Test match outside the country.