IPL fines 2 players over altercation
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has fined two players, including star batsman Virat Kohli, and a team mentor for an altercation caught on camera.
Kohli and Lucknow Super Giants’ mentor Gautam Gambhir were fined 100% of their fee for an IPL match played on Monday.
Afghan bowler Naveen-ul-Haq, who plays for the Giants, was also fined 50% of his fee.
Both Kohli and Gambhir are former Indian captains. Gambhir retired from all forms of cricket in 2018.
The altercation took place after a match in which Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated the Giants.
The heated exchange was captured on cameras but no audio was available, making it hard to confirm what it was about.
But both Kohli and Gambhir can be seen making aggressive gestures against each other in different clips.
None of the players have officially commented on the incident.
A statement issued by the IPL said that both Kohli and Gambhir had admitted to a Level 2 offence under Article 2.21 of the IPL Code of Conduct, which deals with acts including unruly public behaviour.
Naveen admitted to a Level 1 offence, the statement added.
Both players are known for being animated on the cricket field.
In April, Kohli was fined 10% of his match fee for breaching IPL rules after his team was defeated by Chennai Super Kings (CSK). While the cricket board did not specify the reason, reports said it could have been due to his celebrations after a CSK batsman got out.
Gambhir, who shared the Indian dressing room with Kohli for years, was also known to be quite expressive on the field as a player and had some famous on-field altercations, including one with Pakistani great Shahid Afridi.
SL wins another Gold!
Sri Lanka has won a Gold medal in the 4x400m Mixed Relay event at the 20th Asian U-20 Athletics Championships, being held in Yecheon, South Korea.
Tharushi Karunarathna, Jayeshi Uththara, Vinod Ariyawansha and Shehan Dilranga took part in the event representing Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan team finished first place with a time of 3:25.41 followed by South Korea taking the Silver (3:28.30) and India taking the Bronze (3:30.13).
Earlier today, Tharushi Karunarathna clinched the Gold medal in the Women’s 800m event while Malith Yasiru won the Bronze medal in the Men’s Triple Jump event.
This brings Sri Lanka’s total medals tally to five (2 Gold, 1 Silver & 2 Bronze).
Gold for Tharushi at South Korea
Sri Lankan athlete Tharushi Karunarathna has clinched the Gold medal in the Women’s 800m event at the Asian Under-20 Junior Athletic Championships 2023 currently being held in Yecheon, South Korea.
On Sunday (04), Karunaratne had also bagged a Silver medal in the Women’s 400m competition while fellow Sri Lankan Jayeshi Uththara won the bronze medal in the same event.
Afghanistan penalised for slow over-rate
Afghanistan have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Hambantota on Friday.
Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Hashmatullah Shahidi’s side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
Hashmatullah pled guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Nitin Menon and Prageeth Rambukwella, third umpire Michael Gough and fourth umpire Lyndon Hannibal leveled the charge.
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