Sri Lankan batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene have been officially reprimanded after pleading guilty to charges of excessive appealing during a Champions Trophy fixture at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Sunday.
A close match saw New Zealand sneak home by one wicket with Tim Southee finishing on 13 not out. The Kiwi bowler dug in to deny Lasith Malinga, whose four wickets had given Sri Lanka a real chance of defending their modest total of 138, and guide his side to victory in their opening game of the competition.
The charges were brought by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker, third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Steve Davis. They felt both Dilshan and Jayawardene were guilty of "excessive appealing during an international match", prohibited under article 2.1.5 of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct for players and support personnel.
The Sri Lankan paired pleaded guilty and, consequently, match referee Andy Pycroft decided against a full hearing. A minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player's match fee are the punishments that go with all level one breaches.
"Irrespective of the outcome of an umpire's decision, players are not entitled to prolonged appeals as these can be construed as pressuring the umpires," explained Pycroft. "Both players accepted their mistake and apologised for their actions."