Jayawardene strongly believes the ICC will change the rules after reviewing the incident
The International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced that they are highly likely to review Sri Lanka’s captaincy switch in their World Twenty20 match against England.
Regular captain Mahela Jayawardene handed the captaincy over to wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara for that one game in order to avoid being potentially banned for a slow over rate.
Jayawardene was fined for a slow over rate against the West Indies, and according to the ICC rules, if Jayawardene did it again in the next 12 months, he would receive a one-match suspension.
In an email sent to Reuters, an ICC spokesman said: “As is always the case, the ICC will be reviewing the playing conditions and the code of conduct at the conclusion of the event.”
Jayawardene stated that he believed the ICC would change the rules after reviewing the incident.
“I’m sure they’ll change the rules after this, but hopefully not in this tournament,” he told reporters after the match. I had a warning for an over rates issue, and if it happens again I miss the match so what we did was have Kumar as the official captain, I don’t think that the intentions were wrong. It’s a tough system and it’s tough to bowl 20 overs in one hour and 20 minutes in a tournament like this. We try our best, but the penalties are harsh. We don’t want to miss the big games, so we did it with the right intentions,” Jayawardene said.
Jayawardene added that the captaincy could not be given to vice-captain Angelo Matthews since he himself had also been fined for a slow over rate in a match against Pakistan, so the only experienced candidate available was Sangakkara, who according to Jayawardene, “fitted the bill”.