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Duo fined

December 26, 2012

BANGALORE, Dec 26: Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma and Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal have been fined after being found guilty of Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following an altercation between the two players in the opening Twenty20 International here on Tuesday.

Kamran was fined five per cent by match referee Roshan Mahanama after the player pleaded guilty to breaches of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct of conduct contrary to the spirit of the game during the 18th over of Pakistan innings.

Lanky pace bowler Sharma also pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the same charge, said an ICC statement issued on Wednesday.

However, Sharma appealed the penalty and a hearing was held.

After reviewing the evidence and the video footage, Mahamana re-confirmed his view that Sharma initiated this incident which was reported by all four umpires — on-field S. Ravi and C. Shamsuddin, TV umpire V.A. Kulkarni and fourth official K. Srinath. Therefore, a penalty of 15 per cent of the match fee was imposed.—APP