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Sri Lanka stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal has been banned for the team’s next two Nidahas Trophy matches due to a “serious over rate offence”.
Chandimal was banned, while the other members of the team were each fined 60 percent of their match fee after Sri Lanka fell four overs short of their target during their loss to Bangladesh on Saturday.
As per the ICC’s code of conduct, teams falling short by up to two overs will be deemed to have committed “minor over rate offence”. However, a “serious over rate offence” is anything above two overs.
Given that Sri Lanka fell into the latter category, Chandimal, as captain, was handed two suspension points, which results in a ban for one Test, two ODIs or two Twenty20 Internationals, whichever comes first.
While Chandimal pleaded not guilty to the offence, a hearing was held on Sunday afternoon and match referee Chris Broad subsequently imposed the sanction on the 28-year-old.
If Chandimal is captain and Sri Lanka commit another over-rate offence in the next 12 months, Chandimal will receive two to eight suspension points since it will be his second offence.
With Chandimal out for the next two matches, all-rounder Thisara Perera will take over as captain.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh stand-in captain Mahmudullah was fined 20 percent of his match fee, while his teammates were each docked 10 percent of their match fee, after the team were found to be one over short of their target.