Sri Lanka’s attacking opener Niroshan Dickwella has been handed a two-match ban from limited overs cricket for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during the second T20I against Australia in Geelong. Following the ban, the wicket-keeper batsman will miss the final match of the T20 series which will be played at Adelaide Oval on February 22.
On Tuesday, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the ban in an official statement, "During the second Twenty20 International against Australia in Geelong on Sunday, Dickwella was found guilty of breaching article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match”.
This was Dickwella’s second breach of the ICC Code of Conduct in the last two years, he has now accumulated five demerit points which result in the two-match ban for the wicketkeeper-batsman. In the third over of Sri Lanka’s innings, the 23-year old left-hander tried to scoop a James Faulkner delivery over the wicketkeeper Tim Paine. But, Dickwella missed the ball and a caught-behind appeal was made by the Australians which got the approval of umpire Simon Fry who adjudged him out.
However, replays clearly showed the ball had rubbed Dickwella's shoulder rather than his bat. He was batting on 14 at that moment. According to ICC’s statement, the Sri Lankan opener "paused to view the replay after being given out, kicked the turf and looked over his shoulder for a prolonged period of time."
The penalty for his Code of Conduct breach was a fine of 30% of his match fee and two demerit points, but his personal tally of five demerit points was enough to bring a two-match suspension. Earlier in the ODI series against South Africa, Dickwella was involved in another ugly incident when he made contact on the field with fast bowler Kagiso Rabada during the fourth match. Following that incident, he was given three demerit points and fined 50 percent of his match fees.
Sri Lanka hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20 series against the hosts Australia.