Ishant, Prasad, Chandimal and Thirimanne charged for ICC breach after tempers flare on Day Four

Four players – Chandimal, Sharma, Thirimanne & Prasad charged for breaching ICC Code of Conduct after a fiery fourth day of the third SSC Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo. Details of the charge will be revealed at the end of the Test match.

Ishant, Prasad, Chandimal and Thirimanne charged by ICC

“Chandimal, Sharma, Thirimanne & Prasad charged for breaching ICC Code of Conduct. Details to be announced after the conclusion of the Test,” the ICC said on Twitter.

Ishant and Prasad faced off during the final session of the fourth day when Ishant, after being bounced several times by Prasad, smacked his helmet repeatedly as he walked past the bowler, as if asking the bowler to aim at his head.

Ishant Sharma and Lahiru Thirimanne exchange words as Ravichandran Ashwin tries to intervene.

Chandimal then moved in, nudged Sharma with his shoulder, and exchanged words with the batsman. This led to a heated confrontation between the pair, forcing umpires Nigel Llong and Rod Tucker to step in to calm the players.

Umpires had to defuse the tension between Ishant and Prasad.

As Ishant ran back to the dressing room after the Indian innings ended, to get ready to bowl, Prasad fuelled the row by running behind him towards the dressing room at a full sprint all the way back. The television pictures showed the a few words were exchanged between the two in the tunnel.

Ishant, Prasad, Chandimal and Thirimanne charged by ICC

India fast bowler, Ishant Sharma came back out to bowl with fire in his belly and gave a vociferous send-off after dismissing Upul Tharanga in his very first over. He then removed Dinesh Chandimal – one of the protagonists in the earlier events when Ishant was batting. He went on to celebrate with an extraordinary head-slap – repeatedly hitting on his heads.

Sri Lanka need 319 runs on the final day of the Test, and they have seven wickets in hand.

Sharma had been docked 65% of his match fee at the end of the second Test for send-offs to Thirimanne and Chandimal. Thirimanne, too, was fined 30% of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire’s decision during the second Test.

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