India's pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was on Tuesday suspended for one Test match for breaching ICC's Code of Conduct during the third cricket Test against Sri Lanka where he got into repeated altercations with opposition players.
Ishant will thus miss India's first Test against South Africa in Mohali from November 5. Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal has been handed a suspension sentence of one ODI for making deliberate physical contact with Ishant while Lahiru Thirimanne and Dhammika Prasad were fined 50 percent of their match fees.
"In a separate incident, which happened in the first over of Sri Lanka's second innings, Ishant was handed two Suspension Points for giving a send-off to opener Upul Tharanga", the ICC said in a statement, hours after India clinched a historic Test series win.
Ishant was charged under Article 2.1.7, which relates to 'using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match'. "This was the third time that Sharma been found guilty of giving the dismissed batsman a send-off during this series. Therefore, he has been suspended for his next match and will miss India's first Test against South Africa in Mohali from 5 November," the release stated.
If Ishant commits a further breach of Article 2.1.7 within 12 months, it will amount to his fourth offence and, as such, he will face an imposition of eight Suspension Points or a suspension for a fixed period of time ranging between the equivalent of eight Suspension Points and one year.
Two Suspension Points in the Code equates to a suspension from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, to be applied to the subsequent international matches in which the player sanctioned is most likely to participate in.