Colombo: Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga was on Wednesday penalised 20 percent of his match fees for maintaining a slow over rate in the first T20 International (T20I) against Bangladesh here. Besides Tharanga, the rest of the team was fined 10 percent for the same offence in Tuesday’s match. Match referee Andy Pycroft imposed the fine after Tharanga’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration, according to an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement. “In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount,” the statement read. Full Cricket Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 1st T20I at Colombo (RPS)
“As such, Tharanga has been fined 20 percent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 percent fine. Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” it added. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ranmore Martinesz and Raveendra Wimalasiri, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth official Deepal Gunawardene.
The second and final T20I of the series will be played on Wednesday at the R Premadasa Stadium. This match will also be Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza’s final T20I match. Mortaza made this announcement during the toss of the first game. The Test and One-Day International (ODI) series both ended 1-1. The T20I series too could head in the same direction.