Chandimal banned for two matches

Even as Sri Lanka were coming to terms with the staggering loss against Bangladesh in the tri-nation Twenty20 Nidahas Trophy on Saturday (March 10), they were struck another telling blow on Sunday as Dinesh Chandimal, their skipper, was suspended for two T20Is after his side was found guilty of a serious over-rate offence during Saturday’s defeat. 

Chris Broad, the match referee, imposed the fine after Sri Lanka were found to be four overs behind schedule even after time allowances in the five-wicket loss to Bangladesh.

As a result of the imposition, Chandimal will miss Sri Lanka’s next two games against India (March 12) and Bangladesh (March 16) respectively, while each of his players was fined 60% of his match fee.

“In accordance with Article 2.5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to serious over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for the first two overs and 20 percent per additional over their side failed to bowl in the allotted time, while the captain receives two suspension points,” said a release from the ICC.

Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two One-Day Internationals or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.  

Chandimal is said to have pleaded not guilty to the offence but Broad, after a hearing on Sunday, issued the verdict in the presence of match officials and the Sri Lankan team management. 

If Sri Lanka commit another serious over-rate breach in a T20I within 12 months of this offence with Chandimal as captain, it will be deemed as a second offence by the wicketkeeper-batsman and he will receive between two and eight suspension points. 

Bangladesh too were hit by fines for slow over-rate. While Mahmudullah, the skipper, was docked 20% of his match fee, each of Bangladesh’s players had to cough up 10% after the team was ruled to be one over short of the required mark.  

Author : Wisden

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