Recalled Sri Lanka spin bowler Sachitra Senanayake found himself in trouble after the first T20 cricket International against Australia in Pallekele on Tuesday after unleashing the four-letter F word obscenity on David Warner.
Senanayake failed to maintain his composure in front of a packet stadium and cameras capturing the action for live television coverage showed him screaming the slang in to Warner whom he bowled out for 28.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) which safeguards a Players’ Code on discipline and rule-following said Senanayake was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for breaching the Code concerning the use of “language which could provoke a reaction from a batsman on his dismissal”.
The ICC said Senanayake accepted violating the Players’ Code of Conduct.
Senanayake was pummelled for five sixes in the match to concede 49 runs off his four overs.
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.