Port of Spain, (IANS): Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has been suspended for two ODIs while his players have been fined 40-per-cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during their one-wicket defeat against India in the final of the tri-nation series on Thursday.
ICC match referee David Boon imposed the suspension after Sri Lanka were ruled to be three overs short of their target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Peter Nero, third umpire Joel Wilson and fourth umpire Nigel Duguid. Mathews pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction so there was no need for a formal hearing.
In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct, which deals with serious over-rate offences, the captain receives two suspension points while the players are fined 10-per-cent of their match fees for each of the first two overs short and 20-per-cent for every additional over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
Two suspension points equates to a suspension from one Test or two ODIs, to be applied to the subsequent international matches in which the player sanctioned is likely to participate in.
As such, Mathews has been suspended for the first two ODI against South Africa to be played on July 20 and 23 at Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, while his players have been fined 40-per-cent of their match fees.