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LPL 2023 | Pakistan's Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah and Lankan Stars Fined After An Ugly Fight

image-ll11f2jaNaseem Shah in action for Strikers in LPL 2023 (SLC)

Pakistan pacers Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah are among four cricketers fined by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for breaching a Lanka Premier League (LPL) code of conduct. Kusal Mendis and Chamika Karunaratne were also fined by the cricket board, as the two Sri Lankan players were involved in an altercation during an LPL 2023 game between Dambulla Aura and Colombo Strikers on August 5.

SL, PAK players fined in LPL 2023; admit offences

Dambulla Aura captain Kusal Mendis unfurled a match-winning 87 against Colombo Strikers in Pallekele on August 5. Meanwhile, his Sri Lankan teammate and Strikers’ fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne leaked 55 runs from his four overs in the same innings.

Against the run-of-play, the two cricketers were involved in a heated argument with each other, which ultimately drew ire of the match officials.

After much inquiry, Mendis was issued 10 percent of his match fees and was handed one demerit point. Karunaratne, on the other hand, was slapped a fine of 30 percent of his match fees, and received two demerit points under clause 2.6 of the LPL Code of Conduct. The speedster was also found guilty of breaching the clause 2.21 of the LPL Code of Conduct, which resulted in an additional fine of 25 percent match fees.

Dambulla Aura’s Pakistan import Hasan Ali was handed a demerit point and 15 percent of his match fees when he was involved in an heated argument with the umpire.

In another incident during the tournament, Colombo Strikers’ overseas star Naseem Shah was charged 20 percent of his match fees and received a demerit point under clause 2.5 of the LPL Code of Conduct. The Pakistan pacer was charged for an incident during a match against Jaffna Kings on July 30.

Each of the four cricketers were subject to much inquiry, and have admitted to their offences.