Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria was reprimanded by the match referee for using foul language during the second day's play of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.
The International Cricket Council said in a statement on Wednesday that match referee Alan Hurst from Australia officially reprimanded Kaneria and warned him about his future conduct after the player pleaded guilty to the offense during an inquiry.
The incident took place after Kaneria took the wicket of Sri Lanka batsman Anjelo Mathews.
"Swearing is expressly forbidden by the ICC code and in this case it was picked up by people present at the ground and the television microphones so the potential for negatively influencing spectators or viewers at home, including children, is clear," the statement quoted Hurst at saying.
Any player found guilty of swearing and using foul language could be fine up to 50 percent of his match fee but Hurst imposed a minimum penalty because he was satisfied that the words came more in frustration than anger.
The bowler also apologised for the incident, Hurst said.