Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga was suspended for two one-day internationals after pleading guilty to a serious over-rate offense in the ICC Champions Trophy match against South Africa on the 3rd of June at The Oval.
Tharanga will miss the two important games against India and Pakistan later this month.
“Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. 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 percent,” said a statement issued by the ICC.
In Tharanga’s absence, Angelo Mathews will lead the side. However, the final decision will be based on Mathews’ fitness. If Mathews fails the fitness test, Dinesh Chandimal will take over the team.
“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,” said Upul Tharanga.
Sri Lanka will play India in a must-win game on Thursday.
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