Star Sri Lanka all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier match against the Netherlands on Friday at Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Hasaranga was found to have breached Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an International Match.”
Moreover, one demerit point has been added to Hasaranga’s disciplinary record, for whom it was the second offence in a two-year period, taking his number of demerit points to two.
The incident occurred after Hasaranga was dismissed and while returning to the dressing room, he hit the boundary skirtings with his bat in an aggressive way.
As Hasaranga admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Shaid Wadvalla of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees, there was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Martin Saggers and Greg Brathwaite, third umpire Jayaraman Madanagopal and fourth umpire Asif Yaqoob levelled the charge. Notably, Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
Sri Lanka will now fave West Indies on July 7 in their last game of the Super Six campaign.