KARACHI: Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and Indian bowler Ishant Sharma have been fined after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Code following an altercation between the two players in the opening Twenty20 International on Tuesday.
Akmal was fined five per cent by Roshan Mahanama, of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, after he pleaded guilty to breaches of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for behaviour contrary to the spirit of the game in the 18th over of the Pakistan innings.
Sharma also pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the same charge.
However, Sharma appealed the penalty and a hearing was held. After reviewing the evidence and the video footage, Mahamana re-confirmed his view that Sharma initiated the incident which was reported by all four umpires in the match.
Therefore a penalty of 15 per cent of match fee was imposed on Sharma.
“This is clearly a high profile and high intensity series and the players on both sides have been reminded of their responsibility. Both players recognised their duty to set the right type of example through their on-field behaviour and they have accepted that they fell short of the level of conduct required,” said Mahanama.
All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a players match fee.