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It is actually error of judgement in Dasun’s part, says Sri Lanka team manager

The ICC officials have slapped a harsh 75  per cent fine on his match fees for the actions.

Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka. (Photo source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka are having a very rough time in the ongoing second Test against India at Nagpur. The visiting side are staring right at a very big defeat after the hosts piled on a total in excess of 600 in the match. To add to their miseries, their bowler Dasun Shanaka has been reprimanded by the match officials for picking with the seam of the ball during the Indian innings.

The ICC officials have slapped a harsh 75  per cent fine on his match fees for the actions. As  per the reports in the Hindustan Times, Dasun Shanaka was seen picking near the seam of the ball during the 50th over of the Indian innings. He was reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to ‘changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3’.

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Sri Lanka team manager, Asanka Gurusinha, mentioned that the team management had no idea about what Dasun Shanaka was up to. He let the entire blame fall on the bowler’s part. He made it clear that picking with the ball was not a part of the plan or anything of that sort from the team management.

“It is actually error of judgement in Dasun’s part. Just one over it happened. None of the team members knew that and it wasn’t planned or anything. It wasn’t (due to) frustration or anything that he did it,” quoted  Sri Lanka team manager Asanka Gurusinha.

Best thing is to let go

Speaking further on the same note, Gurusinha added that Dasun Shanaka regrets his action and needs the support of the team members at the moment. From the team’s perspective, the best thing to do at the moment is forget about the entire episode and move on.

“He is very remorseful about what happened. He takes full responsibility for that. The senior players have spoken to him. He needs support. He is a young kid and that’s his third Test match. The team has got discipline guidelines and he has to follow that. I don’t want to go into detail. We had a chat with Match Referee. We have seen all of that. The best thing for the team is to let it go,” mentioned Gurusinha.

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