Tharanga handed suspension for serious over-rate offence
Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga, who led the side in their first game of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against South Africa at The Oval, has been suspended for two matches for serious over-rate offence. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ দুই ম্যাচ নিষিদ্ধ উপুল থারাঙ্গা]
The International Cricket Council (ICC) handed him suspension after Tharanga took four hours to complete the first innings, which has a very low over-rate of 12.
Tharanga will miss the next two Group B matches against India and Pakistan. It could be the end of his tournament. Each of the players played against South Africa have received a fine of 60% of their match fees.
“Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” the ICC said in a media release, “As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Tharanga has been suspended from his side’s upcoming matches against India and Pakistan, while each of his players have received a fine of 60 per cent.”
The opening batsman who scored 57 in his side’s 96-run loss has admitted that he took much time to finish the innings.
“I think we were too slow to change over between overs. The umpires had told us that we were lagging, after 10 overs that we were two overs behind. In the last few overs it’s hard to catch up, because you need some time at the death,” he said.
As Tharanga is suspended, it could be Dinesh Chandimal leading the side for next two matches if injured captain Angelo Mathews doesn’t recover.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com