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November 27, 2011
Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been fined 10% of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire's decision during the one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan on Friday. The Pakistan opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez has been officially reprimanded for the same offence, in a separate incident.
Both batsmen showed their bats to the umpire after they were adjudged lbw. Chandimal, who top scored with 56, was dismissed by Aizaz Cheema while Hafeez fell to Thisara Perera for 13. Pakistan went on to win by five wickets with three balls to spare. Both players were guilty of breaching Level 1 offences.
"Accepting an umpire's decision is an essential feature of cricket and part of the game's unique spirit," said the ICC match referee Andy Pycroft. "These players' behaviour was not acceptable in any form of cricket and they must take responsibility for what they do."
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