Dambulla: Sri Lankan cricket was involved in another controversy on the field as captain Kumar Sangakkara was charged with a Level 2 offence for deliberate physical contact with an opposition player by the Alan Hurst, the match referee.
The incident occurred in the 27th over of the Sri Lankan innings. Sangakkara guided a Nathan McCullum delivery to leg side and set off for a run. He was turning for the second when he bumped into the bowler, who had his back to Sangakkara.
McCullum didn't like it and complained to the umpires, who reported the same to the match referee.
Sangakkara was charged with a Level 2 offence, as against the original charge relating to clause 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players or Team Officials, which relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play". A verdict was being awaited at the time of going to press.
Talking about the incident, former skipper Mahela Jayawardene said it was not done intentionally by Sangakkara as he was “blinded" when he took the run.
“It was not intentional. Sangakkara collided with a bowlers and the bowler complained to the umpire. But Sangakkara didn"t do it intentionally. He was blind when he took the run. Both the players spoke about it in the dressing room," Jayawardene said.