India seamer Ishant Sharma and Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal have been found guilty of level one breaches of the ICC code of conduct, after Wednesday's first Twenty20 International in Bangalore.
The players had been involved in a heated argument in the closing throes of a successful chase from Pakistan, which afforded them a five-wicket win - and one-nil lead in the two-match series.
Akmal was fined five percent of his fixture fee by match referee Roshan Mahanama after his actions were deemed 'contrary to the spirit of the game'. Sharma also pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the same charge.
However, he later appealed the penalty and a hearing was held. After reviewing the evidence and the video footage, Mahamana reiterated his view that Sharma initiated the incident. Therefore a penalty of 15 percent of Ishant's fixture fee was imposed.
"This is clearly a high profile and high intensity series and the players on both sides have been reminded of their responsibility. Both players recognised their duty to set the right type of example through their on-field behaviour and they have accepted that they fell short of the level of conduct required," said Mahanama.
"The game was played in the true spirit till this incident was initiated by Ishant, who is an experienced cricketer, which led to the umpires and his team-mates having to intervene."