Chandimal fined for dissent, Hafeez reprimanded‎

Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee and Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan has been reprimanded for Level 1 breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct during their teams’ Twenty20 International at Abu Dhabi on Friday.

In separate incidents, both players were found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision”.

Both, Dinesh Chandimal and Mohammad Hafeez, admitted the offences and accepted the proposed sanctions offered to them by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

The charges had been laid by on-field umpires Ahsan Raza and Zameer Haider. In both cases, the charges related incidents that took place when they were out lbw. Both players showed the bat towards the umpire in displays of dissent

“Accepting an umpire’s decision is an essential feature of cricket and part of the game’s unique spirit,” said Mr Pycroft.

“These players’ behaviour was not acceptable in any form of cricket and they must take responsibility for what they do. Chandimal has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee while Hafeez has received an official reprimand. The difference in penalty is due to the degree of dissent displayed,” he said.

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.

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