Sreesanth fined for dissent

Indian pace bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, responsible for his sides historic 123 run win against South Africa this week, has been found guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct on two occasions.

Sreesanth, who took eight wickets in a man of the match performance, clapped mockingly at batsman Hashim Alma after he had dismissed him during the third days play. He was found to have acted “contrary to the spirit of the game”.

In a statement released by match referee Roshan Mahanama: “We do not want robots out there but we do want players to control their emotions once they get on to the field because they have to realise they are role models for all those watching,”

“Sreesanth, by his actions, showed a lack of respect for the departing batsman and to his credit he acknowledged that by pleading guilty to the charge.”

Sreesanth was also found guilty of breaching ICC policy which requires all garments worn under the playing shirt to be white. Sreesanth wore a black garment under his shirt whilst batting. The black garment also contained a commercial logo, further contravening ICC laws.

Sreesanth, whose heroics lead to India’s first ever Test victory on South African soil, was fined 30 percent of his match fee.

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