Sri Lankan fast bowler Suranga Lakmal has been found guilty of indulging in a dangerous form of cricket against the spirit of the game and fined 50 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The incident took place during Sri Lanka’s tri-series match against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Monday.
Lakmal sent down a ball to Zimbabwe batsman Chamu Chibhabha who played defensively and stayed in his crease without attempting a run. But Lakmal fielded the ball and threw it back aggressively at the batsman.
The throw missed the batsman and was collected by the wicket-keeper.
In a statement the ICC said that although there was no harm inflicted on Chibhabha, the reaction of Lakmal breached the players’ code of conduct which was against the spirit of the game.
The match was abandoned without a result due to heavy rain that set in later.
For his unbecoming conduct Lakmal also received two demerit points meaning that he could be banned for one Test or two ODI or T20 matches during a two year period if the demerit points reaches four or more.
The ICC said Lakmal had admitted to committing the offence and accepted the fine and sanction.