Sri Lanka in Australia 2016-17 February 21, 2017

Dickwella suspended over showing dissent

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Niroshan Dickwella will miss two limited-overs matches after being found guilty of showing dissent at an umpire's decision © AFP

Sri Lanka batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been suspended for two limited-overs matches after a Code of Conduct breach during Sunday's Twenty20 win over Australia in Geelong. Dickwella will therefore miss Wednesday's final match in the T20 series at Adelaide Oval, having been found guilty of showing dissent at an umpire's decision.

Umpire Simon Fry gave Dickwella out caught-behind when the batsman tried to scoop a delivery from James Faulkner over the wicketkeeper during the third over of Sri Lanka's chase. Replays showed the ball had struck Dickwella's shoulder rather than his bat.

The ICC said in a statement that after he was given out, Dickwella "paused to view the replay, kicked the turf and looked at his shoulder for a prolonged period of time."

The punishment for his Code of Conduct breach was a fine of 30% of his match fee and two demerit points, but those demerit points were enough to bring a suspension.

During the fourth ODI against South Africa in Cape Town earlier this month, Dickwella had accrued three demerit points following an incident in which he and Kagiso Rabada made contact on the field, and his five demerit points have thus been converted into a suspension for two limited-overs games.

Australia's wicketkeeper, Tim Paine, has also been fined 15% of his match fee over a related Code of Conduct breach, for what the ICC described as using "inappropriate words" after Dickwella was given out.

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  • Jerryjj on March 25, 2017, 9:23 GMT

    if kohli Warner Smith fight in middle of the groud it not at all a problem. if dickwella just started it is a problem

  • Alakeshwara on February 22, 2017, 13:23 GMT

    Victim is peanalized instead of culprit ! That was not out and umpires decision was wrong ! Innocent get a funi-shment and no action for person wdo did wrong. Where is the justice ICC ??

  • Insult_2_Injury on February 22, 2017, 11:51 GMT

    chill out G Shah all countries are treated the same. Wicket keeper Paine was fined in the same game. The real issue is in the other 2 formats ypu're allowed to argue with a poor decision visit DRS. The rules have changed now with that system that players are encouraged by the DRS to say the umpires decision isn't final. The review system must be brought into T20I if the ICC is serious about both the DRS and that all 3 formats are legitimate internationals.

  • Shaggy076 on February 22, 2017, 11:07 GMT

    Not commenting on his suspension as I'm not familiar with the rules or his prior but to label the decision a howler is just plain wrong. Has anyone ever umpired a game of cricket that made this call. Slow motion shows he didn't hit it but if you line up the ball and bat and gloves and put it in real motion then it just looked out. The ball directly in line with bat and gloves.

  • g.shah.g on February 22, 2017, 10:36 GMT

    Unbelievable. this wasn't even over reacting..when was the last time an Australian or Indian got suspended for showing dissent? what happened to hazelwood after his infamous cursing to the umpire?? why are all the rules for sir Lanka and Pakistan! disgraceful!!

  • Chanachur on February 22, 2017, 9:30 GMT

    After watching the replay, the third umpire should have called Niroshan back. Justice is more important than written rules.

  • Chanachur on February 22, 2017, 9:10 GMT

    Do umpires ever get punished for giving wrong decisions?

  • boilabc12 on February 22, 2017, 8:37 GMT

    Honestly, the decision to give Dickwella out was really a howler. He had every right to be disappointed with that one, especially considering there is no DRS in T20 cricket. We saw how Root and Faulkner have endured howlers recently. So, the umpires aren't getting any better. Dickwella did deserve punishment; a hefty fine or even a one-match suspension maybe, but a two-match ban is way too harsh. I agree with the general sentiment expressed in the comments below. We are all too busy accommodating "human errors" made by umpires, but not those made by the players, simply because the former don't express emotions while the latter, whose stakes are obviously higher, sometimes do. Why not incentivize fair play on a tournament-to-tournament basis in T20Is - like T20 leagues do - rather than being excessively punitive when the Code is breached?

  • Crain_Carter1122 on February 22, 2017, 8:06 GMT

    It's too much for an emerging young cricketer.

  • DilumSL on February 22, 2017, 7:29 GMT

    This is bit harsh. What if a batsman edge and he walks while umpire gives not out. He will not be fine for sure. But showing dissent to a wrong decision suspension.

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