Akmal, Sharma fined by ICC over T20 face-off
KARACHI: Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and Indian bowler Ishant Sharma were fined portions of their match fees after being found guilty of breaching ICC’s Code of Conduct during the first Twenty20 in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Akmal was fined five per cent of his match fees, after he pleaded guilty to breaches of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the 18th over of Pakistan’s innings.
Sharma, though pleading guilty to the charge, appealed against the penalty. After a review, the decision was upheld and it was confirmed that Sharma had initiated the exchange as a result of which he was charged 15 percent of his match fees.
“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 Roshan Mahanama of the ICC Elite Panel of Referees.