Srilankan Captain Dinesh Chandimal suspended

Srilankan Captain Dinesh Chandimal suspended

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has met with a blow after he was suspended for two international matches.

He on Sunday was handed a two-match suspension after being found guilty of a "serious over-rate offence" during the match against Bangladesh in Colombo on Saturday night.

The ban means that Chandimal will be unavailable for crucial matches of the tri-series T20I tournament against India (March 12) and Bangladesh (March 16).

In Saturday match, match referee Chris Board deemed that Sri Lanka were ruled to be four overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

"In accordance with Article 2.5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to serious over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for the first two overs and 20 per cent per additional over their side failed to bowl in the allotted time, while the captain receives two suspension points," said an ICC media release.

"As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Chandimal has been suspended from his side's 12 and 16 March fixtures against India and Bangladesh respectively, while each of his players have received a fine of 60 per cent," the release added.