Bangladesh is playing their 100 Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo, where visiting batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes have been fined 15 percent of their match fee after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day’s play.
Both of them found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.1 of the laws set for cricket by MCC. This law is for players and player support personals related to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.” In a media release, International Cricket Council said “Tamim showed his bat to the umpire during an appeal for lbw, indicating that he had hit the ball. Imrul pointed to his thigh pad to indicate that the ball had hit him there when the fielding team was appealing for a catch.”
“After the match, both players admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Sundaram Ravi, third umpire Marais Erasmus, and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge,” the release further reads.
It was a level one offence, thus players had to be given only soft penalties. However, ICC introduced a new law last year which is Article 7.3, which handed both players a demerit point after this incident.
According to this new law, if any player reaches to four or more demerit points in a period of 24-months, these demerit points will convert into at least two suspension points. Two such points can hand ban to accused player from one Test, two ODIs or two T20Is which comes first.