Two captains banned for slow T20 over rates

AMLAN CHAKRABORTY
Last updated 04:10 29/03/2014

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South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis and Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal have been banned for one game at the World Twenty20 after committing their second over-rate offences in 12 months.

Both teams were one over short of their target in Thursday's (local time) matches against Netherlands and England respectively, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Friday.

Du Plessis will miss the tussle with England on Saturday, while Chandimal is sidelined for Sri Lanka's final Super 10 contest against New Zealand on Monday.

South Africa were also fined for being two overs short against New Zealand on Monday while Sri Lanka were short by one over against New Zealand in a 2013 match at Pallekele.

A captain found guilty of two minor over-rate offences in the same format within a period of 12 months receives an immediate one-match suspension.

Du Plessis and Chandimal have also been fined 20 percent of their match fees and their players have received 10 percent fines.

Meanwhile, England skipper Stuart Broad has received his second fine at the World Twenty20 tournament following his team's slow over-rate in Thursday's six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Chittagong.

"(Match referee) David Boon ... imposed the fines after the side, led by Stuart Broad, was ruled to be two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration," the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Friday (local time).

Players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fail to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

Broad was therefore fined 40 percent of his match fee while his players received 20 percent fines.

"If Broad is found guilty of one more minor over-rate offence in T20 internationals over the next 12 months he will receive a one-match suspension," read the statement.

The all-rounder was fined 15 percent of his match fee on Sunday for criticising the officials after England's rain-affected defeat by New Zealand.

Broad said the decision to keep the players on the field during lightning strikes near the stadium in that game was "distinctly average".

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