Calcutta: South Africa and Sri Lanka captains Faf du Plessis and Dinesh Chandimal have been suspended for one match each, while their players have been fined, after both sides maintained slow over-rates during their World Twenty20 match at on Thursday.
This was both captains’ second minor over-rate offences within a 12 month period in the same format, as South Africa was fined for being two overs short against New Zealand on Monday, and Sri Lanka was short by one over against New Zealand in Pallekele on 21 November 2013.
In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel governing 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, the captains have been fined 20 per cent each of their match fees and their players have received 10 per cent fines.
Du Plessis pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for a formal hearing. Du Plessis will miss his side’s match against England on Saturday.
Chandimal, on the other hand, pleaded not guilty to the offence and, in accordance with the provisions of the Code, a full hearing was held on Friday, with Mr Boon appointed to adjudicate the matter.
Following the hearing, the charge and proposed penalty were upheld by Mr Boon, and Chandimal will miss Sri Lanka’s final stage match against New Zealand on Monday.
On Thursday, South Africa defeated the Netherlands by six runs while Sri Lanka lost to England by six wickets.