Ishant suspended for one Test for breaching ICC code of conduct

  • PTI, Colombo
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:38 IST
Sri Lankan bowler Dhammika Prasad and India's Ishant Sharma exchange words on day four of the third Test match in Colombo. (AP Photo)

India pacer Ishant Sharma was handed a one-Test suspension on Tuesday for breaching ICC's code of conduct during the third Test against Sri Lanka in which he got into repeated altercations with opposition players .

Ishant will thus miss India's first Test against South Africa at Mohali from November 5.

Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal has been handed a suspension sentence of one ODI for making deliberate physical contact with Ishant while Lahiru Thirimanne and Dhammika Prasad were fined 50% of their match fees.

"In a separate incident, which happened in the first over of Sri Lanka's second innings, Sharma was handed two suspension points for giving a send-off to opener Upul Tharanga", the ICC said in a statement, hours after India clinched a historic Test series win .

Sharma was charged under Article 2.1.7, which relates to "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match".

"This was the third time that Sharma been found guilty of giving the dismissed batsman a send-off during this series. Therefore, he has been suspended for his next match and will miss India's first Test against South Africa in Mohali from 5 November," the release stated.

If Sharma commits a further breach of Article 2.1.7 within 12 months, it will amount to his fourth offence and, as such, he will face an imposition of eight suspension points or a suspension for a fixed period of time ranging between the equivalent of eight suspension points and one year.

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