India Tour of Sri Lanka: ICC fines Sri Lankan players for slow over rate against India in 2nd ODI

The Sri Lankan team faces yet another problem. After losing the 2nd ODI and the series to a very young Indian team, despite being in a very position to win the game. The ICC on Thursday announced that hosts Sri Lanka have been fined 20 percent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate against India on Tuesday.

Ranjan Madugalle of the 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. On-field umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Lyndon Hannibal, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth umpire Prageeth Rambukwella leveled the charge.

“By article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offenses, players are fined 20 percent of their match fees for every over the side fails to bowl in the allotted time”.

“In addition, as per Article16.12.2 of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League Playing Conditions, a side is penalized one point for each over short. Consequently, Sri Lanka will lose points from their points tally during the Super League”, ICC said in a release”.

ICC has also said that there won’t be any official hearing as Sri Lankan new captain Dasun Shanaka pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the proposed sanction.

India has an unassailable lead of 2-0 in a three-match ODI series. Sri Lanka will be looking to win the third and the final ODI to avoid a clean sweep and more importantly end the losing streak against India in Colombo. Sri Lankan team going through a very tough face.

They were defeated by England in the ODI series that happened in England. In the same tour, they were whitewashed in the T20I series. Now, they are on verge of being whitewashed by a young and inexperienced Indian team in their home conditions.

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