Sri Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended from the upcoming two Twenty20 Internationals in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy after being found guilty of a serious over-rate offence in yesterday’s match against Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The International Cricket Council said Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Chandimal’s side was ruled to be four overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.
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 per cent of their match fees for the first two overs and 20 per cent per additional over their side failed to bowl in the allotted time, while the captain receives two suspension points.
As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, Chandimal has been suspended from Sri Lanka’s match against India tomorrow and the fixture against Bangladesh on the 16th of March. Each player in the Sri Lanka squad has also received a fine of 60 per cent.
The ICC said if Sri Lanka commit another serious over-rate breach in a T20 International within 12 months of this offence with Chandimal as captain, it will be deemed as a second offence by Chandimal and he will receive between two and eight suspension points.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah has also received a 20 per cent fine of his match fee, while each of his players have received 10 per cent fines after their side was ruled to be one over short.
The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Ranmore Martinez and Raveendra Wimalasiri, third umpire Lyndon Hannibal and fourth umpire Deepal Gunawardene.