Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction.

Sri Lanka Team
Sri Lanka Team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Dasun Shanaka’s side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.

Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel reads as:

Failure by a fielding team participating in an International Match to meet the Minimum Over Rate requirements contained in Appendix 2 constitutes a “Minimum Over Rate Offence” under this Code of Conduct by each of the Players in that fielding team.

Note: Subjective intent on behalf of the fielding team, or any member thereof, to waste time is not required. It is sufficient to establish that the Minimum Over Rate was not met. To avoid liability under this offence the fielding team would need to establish, on the balance of probabilities, that the shortfall was due to factors beyond their control and that the time allowances permitted by the Match Officials in calculating the required over rate were not sufficient. The presence or absence of subjective intent and the extent of the shortfall shall be relevant in relation to the issue of penalty.

Sri Lanka lose one ODI Super League point

In addition, as per Article 16.12.2 of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League Playing Conditions, a side is penalised one point for each over short. Consequently, Sri Lanka will lose one point from their points tally during the Super League.

Shanaka pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Lyndon Hannibal, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth umpire Prageeth Rambukwella leveled the charge.

Meanwhile, India leads the three-match ODI series 2-0, with the final game to be played on July 23 in R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.


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