Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC July 27, 2014

Dickwella fined for claiming unfair catch

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka's debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined 10% of the match fee and received an official reprimand, for claiming an unfair catch on day three of the second Test against South Africa.

Dickwella had admitted to the Level 1 breach of the ICC's Code of Conduct, and accepted the sanction imposed by match referee Jeff Crowe. He was found to have breached article 2.1.8 of the code, which concerns conduct that is either "contrary to the spirit of the game" or "brings the game into disrepute".

The incident had occurred in the seventh over of the day - the 59th of South Africa's first innings - when AB de Villiers gloved a ball from Suranga Lakmal down the leg side. Dickwella collected the deflection on the bounce, and immediately threw the ball in the air and appealed, while the batsman stood his ground.

Umpire Nigel Llong then conferred with square leg umpire Richard Kettleborough before sending the decision to third umpire Billy Bowden. Replays conclusively showed the ball had bounced inches short of Dickwella's gloves.

Dickwella had been flown in from the UK, where he had been with the Sri Lanka A team, to take part in the match. He scored 72 and 16 on debut, and took a catch and effected a stumping in South Africa's first innings.

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  • Fazeer on July 30, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    This is ridiculous! If the fielder gets 10% fine who appeals since he assume as fair catch, what if the batsman if he is genuinely out and doesnt walk off should the batsman be fine 10% for "contrary to the spirit of the game" or "brings the game into disrepute".

  • John on July 28, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Silly boy, Dikwella. It's cricket, not football. Never mind, you've learned your lesson. Well played, good future for you.

  • Nick on July 28, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Bucketing down at the SSC at 10.45 and looks like it's settling in. 21 overs were lost to rain and bad light on day 4, but only 8 overs were added to today's quota and play started only 15 minutes early at 9.45 not as it should at 9.30. SL will need all the extra overs it can muster to prise out 8 more wickets. SA in the box seat for a draw.

    The umpires and match referee would be better served thinking of ways to improve the decision review criteria and, ways to ensure 450 are bowled in 5 days, rather than imposing a fine on SLs debutant keeper/batsman for appealing a caught behind.

  • Xiong on July 27, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    @Mervo It's not a great start to his career but it's still a whole lot better than being caught on camera tampering with the ball like Faf and Vern, and that barely seems to be an issue.

  • c on July 27, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Mervo. Trust is important Yes. But what is also important is for those who take it upon themselves to comment on these matters KNOW THEIR CRICKET.

  • Merv on July 27, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Not a good start to his career. Trust is important in these things, no matter how eager you are

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