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Dinesh Chandimal handed two-match over-rate ban

Chandika Hathurusingha speaks with Dinesh Chandimal during a practice session AFP/Getty Images

An over-rate ban will force Dinesh Chandimal to miss Sri Lanka's last two round-robin matches in the Nidahas Trophy. Match referee Chris Broad imposed a two-match suspension on Sri Lanka's captain, and fined the team's players 60% of their match fee, after ruling that the side fell four overs short of their target during their match against Bangladesh on Saturday.

The allrounder Thisara Perera will captain Sri Lanka in Chandimal's absence.

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah, meanwhile, has been fined 20% of his match fee, and the rest of the team 10%, after the side was ruled to have fallen one over short of the time target.

According to the ICC's code of conduct, a team falling short by up to and including two overs is said to have committed a "minor over rate offence", and a "serious over rate offence" if it is short by more than two overs. The team's captain receives two suspension points for a serious over rate offence, which equates to a ban from one Test, two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first.

Chandimal pleaded not guilty to the offence, and Broad announced his verdict after a hearing on Sunday afternoon, involving the match officials and Sri Lanka's team management. If Sri Lanka commit another serious over-rate offence in a T20I within 12 months of this offence with Chandimal as captain, he will receive between two and eight suspension points for committing a second offence.