Sri Lanka had already won the T20 series but this will come as a big blow to them as their star batsman Niroshan Dickwella got suspended for two matches as he showed dissent on given out. In past also Dickwella has been warned by the ICC and he also was awarded 3 demerit points in the 4th ODI between South Africa vs Srilanka, when he and Kagiso Rabada made contact on the field.
Now, this is the second instance for the young Dickwella in the span of two months were he got awarded demerit points. This whole instance happened when Umpire Simon Fry gave Dickwella out caught-behind when the batsman tried to scoop a delivery from James Faulkner over the wicket keeper during the third over of Sri Lanka’s chase. Replays showed the ball had struck Dickwella’s shoulder rather than his bat.
The ICC said in a statement that after he was given out, Dickwella “paused to view the replay, kicked the turf and looked at his shoulder for a prolonged period of time.”
So the wicket keeper and the opening batsman has docked 2 demerit points and fined 30 percent of his match fees. According to ICC rule, if any player accumulates 5 demerit points, he will be banned for two T20/ODI or one Test. So he will not be available in today’s thrilling encounter against Australia, as his demerits point tally has reached to 5 points.
Australian wicket-keeper Tim Paine was also punished with 15% of his match fees for a related Code of Conduct breach, for what the ICC described as using “inappropriate words” after Dickwella was given out.