Asitha Fernando
Asitha Fernando [PC: AFP/Getty]

Last Update on: July 26th, 2023 at 11:12 pm

The 25-year-old Sri Lanka National Cricket Team right-arm pacer Asitha Fernando has been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Test of the two-match series against the Pakistan National Cricket Team at home.

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan are taking on the Dimuth Karunaratne-led Sri Lanka in the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo. The Men In Green are already 1-0 up in the series and they are eyeing a clean sweep with the victory in the ongoing match.

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Pakistan comfortably won the first Test, thanks to Saud Shakeel’s sensational double ton and in the second Test, they are leading by 397 runs with a score of 563/5 on the board at the end of Day 3.

Losing the toss and bowling first, Pakistan bowlers Abrar Ahmed and Naseem Shah dismantled the Lankan batting unit and bundled them out 166. When Pakistan came to bat, they played an aggressive brand of cricket and smoked Sri Lanka bowlers all over the park.

Abdullah Shafique has been the top performer for his side as he has smashed a remarkable 201 runs. Also, Agha Salman has hit a spectacular 132* while Shan Masood and Saud Shakeel have contributed with good half-centuries.

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Asitha Fernando was found to have breached Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct – ICC

Asitha Fernando has been the top wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in the match. He has bagged 3 wickets but has conceded 133 runs at an economy of 5.54.

Meanwhile, Asitha Fernando has been found to have breached Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. On Day 3, the pacer dismissed Saud Shakeel to break his partnership with Abdullah Shafique and he went close to the batter to celebrate in an inappropriate manner. After the breach, one demerit point has been added to Asitha Fernando’s disciplinary record.

“Fernando was found to have breached Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match,” ICC said.

“Fernando admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, so there was no need for a formal hearing.”

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