Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena on Tuesday joked that he would pay the fine levied on him for a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct in the 2nd CB Series final against Australia if he is paid his salary by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board.
Jayawardena on Tuesday was fined 10% of his match fee for "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match".
After Sri Lanka's 8-wicket victory, which saw the visitor's level the best-of-the-three final of the three-nation tournament, the opener admitted to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
The charge had been laid by on-field umpires Asad Rauf and Bruce Oxenford as well as third umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth umpire Simon Fry.
The charge related to an incident in the 44th over when Jayawardena, during a consultation between the on-field umpires, argued with their decision to declare a full toss above waist height as a no-ball. The umpire declared it a no-ball after a delay, but Jayawardena wasn't pleased and had an animated discussion with both the on-field umpires.
Jayawardena said after the match that he wasn't disputing the no-ball, only that the umpires took too long to call it.
"I think I was the culprit, dragging it for too long. I thought initially the umpire didn't make a call, and took too long," Jayawardene said. "I had no issue with the no-ball. waist high or whatever. But I felt that after Michael (Clarke) had spoken to him, that's when he had made the call. So I have been fined for that. That puts something in my report. That's all."
Sri Lanka players have been owed more than half their dues since the 2011 World Cup. They were to receive their outstanding salaries by the end of February after a Sri Lankan bank agreed to release 600 million rupees to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).