Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka Cricket Team

Sri Lanka has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against Bangladesh during the first Twenty20 International in Colombo on Tuesday.

Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Upul Tharanga’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

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 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

As such, Tharanga has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines. Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ranmore Martinesz and Raveendra Wimalasiri, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth official Deepal Gunawardene.

Sri Lanka won their first T20 against the visiting Bangladeshi’s by 6 wickets. Batting first Bangladesh scored 155/6 in their 20 overs and Sri Lanka replied in clinical fashion reaching the score with 6 wickets to spare in 18.5 overs.