The ICC in a statement said – “Kumara was found guilty of breaching Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘Using language, actions or gestures which disparage, or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.’ Das was found guilty of breaching Article 2.20 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to Conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”
The incident occurred during the fifth over of the contest when Kumara managed to dismiss Das and engaged in a war of words while walking up to the batter. The pacer’s actions evoked an aggressive reaction from the batter as well and as a result, teammates and officials had to step in between the pair.
Both players received one demerit point as well in addition to the fines. They pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the sanctions.