International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday penalized Indian pacer Ishant Sharma for an animated celebration of England Batsman Dawid Malan on Day 3 of the first test at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Saturday.

The ICC docked the pacer 15 percent of the match fees.

ICC in a statement said, “Ishant Sharma has been 15 percent of his match fee and has also received one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct of Players and Players support Personnel during the third day’s play.”

The 29-year-old paceman violated the Article 2.1.7 of the ICC code of conduct.

The code relates to “using language, action or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match.”

“The statement happened during the first session’s play yesterday when Sharma celebrated Malan’s dismissal in close proximity to him, an action which in the view of the match officials had the potential to provoke an aggressive reaction from the departing batsman,” the statement added.

Sharma admitted to the offense after the day’s play. He also accepted the sanction by Jeff Crowe of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

On-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Aleem Dar, third umpire Marais Erasmus and fourth umpire Tim Robinson had leveled the charge.

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