Sri Lanka’s opener Upul Tharanga will not feature in his team’s next two ICC Champions Trophy 2017 matches after being suspended for maintaining a slow over-rate during their opening game against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday. The 32-year-old stood as a stand-in skipper for the injured Angelo Mathews, who did not pass a fitness test conducted on the morning of the match.
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According to match referee David Boon, Sri Lanka were short of the target by four overs, even after taking time allowances into consideration, and took more than four hours to bowl their 50 overs. And hence, Tharanga was given two suspension points that equate to a ban from one Test or two limited overs’ matches.
“Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” the ICC said. “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 per cent.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to play Pakistan at Cardiff on June 12 before taking on India at The Oval on June 6.
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