The Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal was handed ban for two T20I matches as a penalty for slow over-rate in the 4th T20I of Nidahas tournament on Saturday against Bangladesh. All the other team members of Sri Lanka were fined 60 percent of their match fee.The two matches are to be held on 12th and 16th March against India and Bangladesh respectively. An ICC press release confirmed this news.
In addition, the Bangladesh captain Mahammadullah was fined 20 percent of match fee and the other teammates were fined 10 percent of match fee on this account.
The Article 2.5.2 of ICC Code of conduct for players and support personnel of players states that for over-rate offenses, the team will be fined 10 percent of match fee for the first two overs and 20 percent of match fee for every additional over. In addition, the captains will be handed two suspension points which means a ban of one test match or two T20Is or two ODIS, whichever comes first. If the Sri Lankans are found guilty of a similar offense in a T20I in the period of 12 months, Dinesh Chandimal will be handed 2 to 8 suspension points.
The Bangladeshi captain Mahammadullah accepted the allegations and no requirement for an official hearing in his case and the captain of the Sri Lankan team pleaded that he was not guilty of the over-rate offense. So, a formal hearing to announce his suspension took place on March 11th. Thisara Perera is appointed as the stand-in captain for the matches against India and Bangladesh to be held on 12th and 16th respectively.
Sri Lanka is about to encounter India for the second time in the Nidahas tournament today under the leadership of Thisara Perera. All the three teams are heading with two points on the points table. The result of this match probably decides one of the finalists of the tournament.