Sri Lankan cricketer Niroshan Dickwella has been suspended for two limited-over matches after his accumulated demerit points reached five within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for which he received a 30 per cent fine and two demerit points.
Dickwella was found guilty of breaching article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel during the second Twenty20 International against Australia in Geelong last Sunday.
The article relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.
Dickwella had earlier received a 50 per cent fine and three demerit points in the fourth One-Day International against South Africa in Cape Town on February 8 2017.
With the addition of these two demerit points, he has reached the minimum threshold of four demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have now been converted into two suspension points.
Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.
As such, Dickwella has been suspended from his side’s third Twenty20 International against Australia to be played in Adelaide on February 22 as well as the next limited-overs match which is scheduled to be held on March 25 against Bangladesh.
The incident in Geelong happened when Dickwella, after being given out caught behind, paused to view the replay, kicked the turf and looked at his shoulder for a prolonged period of time. (Courtesy icc-cricket.com)