World T20 2014 March 28, 2014

Chandimal suspended for one match

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Dinesh Chandimal will miss Sri Lanka's final group match against New Zealand after he was suspended for one game due to Sri Lanka being found guilty of maintaining a slow over rate for the second time inside 12 months under his leadership.

ICC match referee David Boon ruled Sri Lanka were one over short, as they strove to defend 189 against England in Chittagong on Thursday. Chandimal will also be docked 20% of his match fee, while his team incurs a 10% fine. Chandimal had pleaded not guilty to the offence, setting a full hearing in motion on Friday, but the charge and penalty were upheld by Boon.

Sri Lanka had deliberated on bowling strategy at length in the final overs of the game, and had also routinely sought to dry the ball, which was becoming covered in dew. The ICC rule allows for reasonable time expenditures beyond the players' control - presumably including the drying of a wet ball - but despite this, and also having bowled spinners for eight of their 19.2 overs, Sri Lanka were ruled to have taken too long in the field.

Chandimal's previous offence had come on November 21 against New Zealand, in Pallekele. The team had been one over short on that occasion as well, and he had also incurred a 20% fine that served as a warning for suspension.

Sri Lanka team manager Michael de Zoysa said Lasith Malinga would captain the side in Chandimal's absence.

In better news for Sri Lanka, Mahela Jayawardene has been cleared of serious damage after his left ring finger was dislocated when he dropped Alex Hales at deep square-leg. He had the finger put back into position and an x-ray confirmed no fracture.

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  • Green_and_Gold on March 31, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised if teams move to multiple captains in their T20 sides. There are usually 2-3 senior people in the side that could be captain anyway - so in effect it shares the responsibility and also keeps it fresh. Its such a short game that it almost looks after itself. You could almost write the match report before the game is played for most teams.

  • Andre117 on March 31, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I think the ICC is trying to eliminate fast-bowling from T20 cricket. That's the only way you can be assured of your captain not missing games.

  • dummy4fb on March 31, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    i dont see any point playing Chandimal for Srilanka except his captaincy and his captaincy is not par excellent that doesnot make him be in playing 11 considering he has done worst with his bat... i hope Malinga would do a great job provided there are lots of ex-captains in the team and throw out Chandimal for the best of SL. Thirmane is playing better than chandimal.....

  • nickexplore on March 30, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    So now it's up to the SL selectors to earn their money and choose a winning team to beat NZ. Prasanna, Thirimanne, Herath and Lakmal all offer options and await their chance and, with Chandimal suspended, at least one of them has to play. Will Malinga be given the captaincy for this must-win game? Win or lose, Chandimal may well have played his last T20 game for SL - a format where high strike-rate middle/late order batsmen provide a winning edge.

  • ksquared on March 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    I think SL should seriously think about the batting order whoever comes in place of Chandimal should open with Kusal. This applies more to Thirimanne and ideally Dilshan should be sent down the order if not dropped he is wasting so many deliveries. Dew is gonna be a big factor again even SA conceded 193 bowling second so captain and seniors must be smart in bowling changes, field placements etc if they bowl second but 200 is a must batting first.

  • bad-boy on March 30, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    mendis and chandi out and replese siku and rangana but i thinkk now most important toss.if we win the toss we have ball frist.may be bat frist at least we need more than 200 runs my team kusal- dil -mahela-sanga-siku-thisara-anjelo-mali-ranagana-sachi-kule

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Srilanka will win the match, My team is . kussal Dilshan sanga mahela thirimanne mathews thisara senanayake herath kula malinga , good news chandimal will not playing in vs newzealand lucky for srilanka, chandimal is out of form

  • Colombo_International on March 30, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    ICC is having a serious Conflict of Interest in this case. First they want to play the game of Cricket in nights with colour clothing and white cricket balls in Bangladeshi grounds immersed in evening dew. And then they want to maintain very strict over rate to complete the WT20 matches on time with out a slightest of delays, If not the side who bowls second have to face harsh punishments. To achieve both these requirements and to secure his place and team's progress in the tournament, the captain who lose the toss should award the victory to the other team in the evening games.

  • Prabhash1985 on March 30, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    I hope at least Maali will realize the value of Thisara and Priyanjana, and send them up the order. Even Kulasekara is better to be sent up the order. If the pitch is batting friendly, those bit hitters must come up the order. If the pitch is supporting spinners, they should bat in the middle. Somehow, Mahela and Sanga should be used as shields. Without a threat, using a shield is not useful. When there is no threat for batting, there must be a pinch hitter. Those guys should come within the first eight overs. Batting pitch: Kusal, Dillie, Thisara, Priyanjana, Kulasekara, Mahela, Sanga, ... Spinner friendly: Kusal, Dillie, Mahela, (Sanga if quick wicket, if not Thisara), Priyanjana, Kuley, ... Bring on Akila Dhananjaya please.

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Chandimal is not a T20 batsman and also still not captaincy material as yet. SL selectors selected the worst option by naming Malinga as vice captain, as he will just let the side and SL down. There is no point in recognising seniors and appointing them as Captaain when they have never captained international matches. Once he is appointed VC there is no choice. But hopefully Mahela and Sangakkara will back him up. Dilshan is completely out of form and should have been dropped from the T20 world cup. Thirimanne or Mahela can open and Priyanjan or Chaturanga to come around 6 or 7. Simple solutions were available if the selectors had cricketing brains ??? But for the 31st March NZ match, it is too late to exeriment, except play with Thirimanne and Herath. Niranjan from Melbourne

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