Bangalore-India pace bowler Ishant Sharma and Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal have been fined for their on-field behavior during the 1st Twenty20 Bangalore on Tuesday.
Ishant was fine 15 per cent of his match fee and Kamran fine 5 per cent. The 2 cricketers were found responsible of Level 1 breaches of the International Cricket Council Code of Code following an argument during the match that Pakistan won by 5 wickets.
Akmal was fined by Match Referee Roshan Mahanama, after he pleaded guilty to breaches of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct of conduct contrary to the courage of the game in the 18th over of the Pakistan innings.
Sharma also pleaded guilty to the offence and conventional the same charge. However, Sharma appealed the fine and a hearing was held.
After review the evidence and the video footage, Mahamana re-confirmed his view that Sharma initiate this incident which was reported by all fourth umpires - on-field S.Ravi and C.Shamsuddin, third umpire VA Kulkarni and fourth official umpire K. Srinath.
This is clearly a high profile and high intensity series and the players on both sides have been reminded of their responsibility. Both players recognized their duty to set the right type of example through their on-field behavior and they have accepted that they fell short of the level of conduct required, said Mahanama.
The game was played in the true spirit till this incident was initiate by Ishant, who is an experience cricketer, which led to the umpires and his team mates having to intervene, he said.
All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee.