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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Poholiyadda 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Poholiyadda 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.

  • 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

  • meerkat55 on March 30, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    it's not a bad thing that Chandimal misses out, but SL selectors are inviting another problem putting Malinga as a captain. If SL have slow over rate in the next match, they would missing their best bowler for the semi provided SL win against NZ.

  • BlackHawk on March 29, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    What? Sri Lanka is facing a must win game against NZ and we give the captaincy to rookie? Why don't they give the captaincy to Matthews just for that game? Surely experience in leading has to count for something? The decision making process of the team management just baffles!! Just like South Africa had AB captaining today. I think our chances of getting into the semis are pretty much gone.

  • diyagama on March 29, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    This is the best thing happened to SL. If we win the next match, Chandimal will be out for the rest of the tournament. It is really disappointing to see that the most in-form batsman is sitting out i.e Thirimanne. Chandimal is in the team just because they made him the captain. Very silly

  • on March 29, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Wow!!! It's great to here Chandimal is not playing :D

    My team for NZ

    Perea Dilshan Jayawardena Sangakkara Mathews Prasanna Thisara Kulesekara Senanayake Malinga Lakmal

    Definitely Sri Lanka will win when this side is playing

  • vkumar_086 on March 29, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    SL is the weakest bowling attack...Another proof for this, today England is struggling to chase almost the same total that chased against SL...its because SA is stronger bowling line up....and also a good fielding side...they are not caring for dew factor....many SL fans still believe DEW was the main reason for the loss of game against England....ha ha

  • vkumar_086 on March 29, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    SL is the weakest bowling attack...Another proof for this, today England is struggling to chase almost the same total that chased against SL...its because SA is stronger bowling line up....and also a good fielding side...they are not caring for dew factor....many SL fans still believe DEW was the main reason for the loss of game against England....ha ha

  • on March 29, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    This is good thing for Sri Lanka, don't get me wrong Chandimal good batsmen without being a captain. I am sure he will prove me I am wrong one day for now i am right. I always felt that Malinga really want to become a captain, you know what he deserve it as for saving Sri Lankan team from trouble over the years. However bottom line is he is Not captain material. Talking account that we are in a World championship and our last chance for some time till new generation will able fill gaps of seniors. I think HERATH should play nest game with Thirimmane. We lost last game down one stupid decision to bowl two over from Malinga at the front, as run rate was down and two wickets already taken is pretty childish. I don't know why JAYAWARDANE should open with perera

  • vkumar_086 on March 29, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    SL is very lucky to have captains like Chandimal....what a player he is!!!!

  • on March 29, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    How many of you have realized that the game between NZ is a make or break game for us. If we lose this game we are out of the Semifinals hence I will not risk this game by giving the captaincy to Malinga who is a rookie in captaining an International side. Selectors should use their commonsense at time like this.

  • on March 29, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    I can't work out why they don't follow the system used in the ECB domestic tournament with the clock and the last over has to be started before the clock is at zero otherwise there is a 6 run penalty for every over that hasn't been bowled. The match referee can then have discretion to stop the clock as necessary eg for a player receiving treatment. The amount of time for the innings may have to vary depending where in the world you are. This system can also be used in the 50 over game and then in test matches it can be applied at the end of each innings on the number of overs below the 15 per hour and maybe because the innings are generally longer that could be increased to 10 runs per over.

  • on March 29, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    "Sri Lanka team manager Michael de Zoysa said Lasith Malinga would captain the side in Chandimal's absence." SERIOUSLY, the powers that be at the Cricket board are just compounding the problem. You have a Captain in the side, and 2 ex-captains, use one of them

  • waaasss on March 29, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Blessing in disguise, first chandimal's role in the team should be defined.He is only there to field it seems.I still can't believe that he leads the SRI LANKAN cricket team

  • zidane617 on March 29, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Chandimal is not a T20 player at all, hes in the side just because hes the captain. His batting style is more suited for tests and ODI's and by allowing him to play T20's they are ruining his career cos as it prevents him from playing his natural game and expanding it, as he could become a great Test player. They should make Angelo the T20 captain and allow another big hitter to join the squad instead of Chandimal

  • on March 29, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    so far on this tournament leg spinners has done the job with variations (Mishra, Imran thahir) In Players - S.prasanna,Thrimanna, & Chathuranga de Silva (if available) Out Players- Dilshan ( batting not up the standards of t20), Chandumal (any way out), Mendis. Never give the ball to thisara..extra bowler is C.De silva As a Team, game like quarter finals so many changes not acceptable. But this is do or die game. Make the changes do or die way too..

  • St.John on March 29, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Lots of fans writing in saying how incompetent Chandimal is as a captain and player. Its really not his fault. It's the selectors fault for pushing him into the T20 team...The selectors selected him and he HAS to play! He's an awful T20 batsmen, a plodder at most, and cant produce the big-hitting expected of a T20 top batsmen. A good Test player, yes, but an awful T20 player.

  • forward_diffence on March 29, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @Rajindra_Rohitha : Where did u learn cricket mate? Mendis is very poor in the whole series. The pitches which have been provided for this group is not helping Mendis much considering his bowling style. Any batsman can pick him as a straight bowler and play freely according to the conditions. And Chandimal is out of form badly. And he is not a good batsman against spinners due to his wrist are much harder and it is very difficult to work the ball with hard wrists. He has promised to be a very skillful player before, specially in England. But he should work on his game to achieve that level. Please don't go for the stats every time. There are so may fans here who can read the game better than you.

  • kiwicricketnut on March 29, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    take all the help we can get but i still think in sub continent conditions srilanka will be to good for us, and despite us benefitting from this, i think its a pretty harsh punishment, maybe susspend him if he was 3 or four overs short but one over, alot can happen in a game to fall one over short, seems a bit harsh to me.

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Malinga is the greatest bowler in T 20 and we love him, but has he lead a even a club side ? This is the most critical match of the series as if we do not win chances of going to semi finals are low. So isn't it rational to let either Mahela, Angelo or Sanga to captain this match.

  • globalcricketfan on March 29, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @Shehan Perera "Win toss - bat first " Are u absolutely sure? Don't think so.One of simplest theory in cricket is when due is due batting is easy and bowling is hard.Then if u won the toss even in night game should bowl first when due amount is low.So most important thing is what is the game plan for SL if they lost the toss. I think SL should include Thirimanna & Prasanna for Chandi & Mendies.This really strength batting order adding power hitting and stability.So if they batting first(lost the toss) should score over 190-200 with strong and long batting order .Win the toss bat 2nd no problem. Can achieve any target with strong batting line up and with the help of due.

  • ummii on March 29, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Is this a good news for Sri Lanka or bad news?

  • on March 29, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    some really poor comments here:

    1, Thisara should be out: these cricket oundits do not understand how many times he has save the team. Not far ago against BD, SL were 68/8 to 180, who took SL to that position? 2. Herath for Mendis: just one game goes off, should we drop one of the best bowlers in t20 format? 3. Seekugae for Chandi??? what a replacement Ha! Ha! 4. Chandi is out form so he should be dropped: How many catches he has taken and how many runs he saves in every game? he saves at least 15-20 runs and also not dropping catches. So that, he should be removed: Ha! Ha!

    Why does SLC not appoint these cricket pundits to Selection Committee? SLC, please appoint these pundits to selection committee, ... Please...

  • on March 29, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    I did comment about Chandimal lack of ability and responsibility in the post right after we lost the match to England. I agree with forward_diffence's comments of Chandimal's total incompetency about captaincy. forward_diffence has hit the nail on the head. I think Chandimal's batting is also effected by it. Lasith is no captain material as he has clearly show in the last few months. He is not temperate enough to lead SL cricket team. But as Anu-srilanka said, he is the vice captain and the buck stops there. By expectation is for Thirimanne to replace Chandimal for NZ game. Batsman for Batsman. Win toss - bat first - score BIG! That should be the game plan. SL can only win with batting. Bowling is good. But not good enough to handle a wet ball situation. Scary thought of getting knocked out by NZ ain't it?

  • shameenxyz on March 29, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    poor chandimal..he is a young man captaining his first ever world cup and david boon has gone cruel on him.its quite sad.it is quite harsh rules.it is not even a big offence.come on icc.

  • shameenxyz on March 29, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    after losing the england vs sl match sri lanka are quite desperate to win the nz vs sl match.If sl win they qualify for the semis but if they lose it will be goodnight for themon 31.best luck to both countries.

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    I think the match referee should be a die hard Srilankan fan!! what a good thing he has done for Srilanka cricket!! He has done something what Srilankan selectors should have done!! positive news for Srilanka!! I cant wait to see how Malinga captain the match!!

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    What if thirmane come and score 50 odd runs and Lanka wins the match . Will chandi keep him on the benches for next match

  • globalcricketfan on March 29, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Finally I understand why Chandimal captaining SL in T20s. Excellent thing from selectors.Think what will happen to SL team if Anjolo or Mahela suspended in such a important match.

  • on March 29, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    I think now SL team can play the best batting combination they have. Mathew should captain for next all important match against Kiwis.

  • Vikum72 on March 29, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I'm afraid the NZ game is a critical one for SL. If we lose this, we are out I believe. This is an alarming situation as if Malinga loses the toss on Monday, there's a good chance SL will be eliminated as these night matches are heavily biased towards the team fielding first.

  • forward_diffence on March 29, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    This is really beneficial fr Sri Lanka. Chandimal can't read game properly and he doesn't have that leadership skills at all. He is a burden for Sri Lankan cricket team. Last match we lost due to his poor captaincy. Please don't do any foolish things by appointing Malinga as captain. He is a good bowler but he can't do captaincy job well. This is a really crucial game for Sri Lanka and don't try to take chances. Ideal captain is Mahela but I don't think he will accept it. Please give to captaincy to Mathews.

  • geethan1989 on March 29, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Most noticeable feature of WT20 2014 has been the rise of leg spinners. Imran Tahir for SA, Samuel Badree for WI, Amit Mishra for India and James Muirhead for Australia have all been among wickets and economical as well. I think it is about time we bring Seekkuge PRASANNA to playing XI. He showed his potential in the warm uo match against WI, where his figures were the most economical against a WI powerhouse. Rangana Herath is also a good option, but when it comes to T20, Prasanna's ability use long handle might also come in handy. Against NZ, however, it's might not be bad ploy to use both Rangana and Prasanna, resting Mendis and Thisara, as India is also experimenting with 3 spinners to much of their success. Chandimal's absence should give Thiri a chance to establish himself as in lower middle order. And I think giving Malinga the captaincy would be a terrible mistake.

  • Anu-srilanka on March 29, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    @ youbringthebeer : They had chosen Malinga because he is the vice captain in T20 side.It is amazing to see people talk alotwithout even konowing the simplest of tha facts

  • nothingnew on March 29, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    I believe thirimanne should be played on bahalf of Chandimal and plays as opener . Dilshan should drop to batting orderr no 5 or 6 according to the situation .

  • on March 29, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    This is bit unfair. He may not be a good captain or not yet one but he is a good batsmen. Outside of T20's his average in 50 over cricket and test cricket is as good as any of the other young batsmen we have . This is specially in Test Cricket. Maybe he is not a good T20 player yet

  • youbringthebeer on March 29, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    they've chosen malinga to lead as a lot of the other former captains in the side eg sangakara and jayawardene have already had their warning for this offence, Malinga is in no danger of being suspended should this happen again. This has happened before.

  • ramz_01 on March 29, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    chandimal suspended ok alryt, cn any1 explan dis Sl Inns started 7pm SL time and ends 8.55 SL time, END Inns started around 9.05 SL Time ended around 10.40 SL time, so cn any1 understand cricket tell me why no find for board or eng?

  • on March 29, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    This might be a blessing in disguise for the team, although would be better if Matthews or Mahela captained. Need another bowling all-round option as too much reliance on 1 or 2. Leg-spinner would have been handy as seen by results of other teams! Batsmen need to score more than just odd boundary. Can't have so many dotballs, and chances given.

  • s.g.a. on March 29, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    I already mention previous my comments about this captain. with this captain no future for srilanka cricket. Selection panel must get responssible for this appointment. He is a good player before when he get the captaincy. when he start to fail his batting, this useless selection panel gave this captaincy to him. everyone can understand now someone in the selection panel try to favour for chandimal. thats why when he start to fail then definitly going out from the team, before that he given captaincy to him. So this the way srilanka cricket going on. Very sad.

  • s.g.a. on March 29, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    It's good decision, thanks to icc. otherwise he is playing continue because his captaincy. Also mendis should suspend otherwise he also getting place always in the team. because of this captain. captain for nothing. even he cant manage bowlers. who can turn the ball he should get mendis place. get the example from indian bowlers. their all 3 spinners spin the ball very well. why our bowlers cant do that. after lose the match blaming for dew. only malinga & sachitra bowling well at the moment. if others not bowl well next matches sure we are exit from the tournament even group stage. This is the first time i ever see bad bowling unit in srilanka team. From history we had good bowling unit, thats why every team respect us.

  • DreamCricketer on March 29, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    DreamCricketer: Thank God! Please suspend him forever. What a relief for at least one match. What a failure this guy has been. Mathew should captain for all formats. I just can't believe SL cricket is still having this guy in the team and can you believe he's the captain of the T20 team. I think he has some political influence.

  • lazyone on March 29, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Gtreat news.... Now SL can play the best combination for the must win game.

  • on March 29, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    Sometimes its good to recognize the talent early n hand over the responsibility to get polished with time but its not necessary that tactic always work as planned if chandimal isn't performing either as captain or as a batter y cant remove him hez far more capable of scoring runs but captaincy let him down.

  • Htc-Android on March 28, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    Good news for us. But dont hand in the captaincy to Malinga. Allow Mathews Mahela,Sanga to make the fielding and bowling changes.

  • Herath-UK on March 28, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    It is a good move to give the captaincy to Malinga,on one hand a bowler who has done so much to the cause of Sri Lanka should be given the honour & privilege of leading the country and on the other he may conjure up a win gaining the respect of all the team mates in this crucial encounter.Win or lose Malinga fully deserves the honour.

  • Herath-UK on March 28, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    A glaring mistake was to bring in Malinga to bowl his last at the 17th over.Bopara had just come in so Chandimal should have squeezed in another bowler and saved Malinga for the more important penultimate or the final over.He thus removed the fear factor not holding off Malinga.When batting, SL were in a good position with both Mathew & Thisara but they just scored only four runs off the 19th over, contented with what they got whereas they should have tried to score freely as much as possible not trying to save their wickets as more wickets were available.As every run is a boost the team should take a lesson from this folly with an aim to treat the penultimate over as a final over to get the highest even though they have put a good score.

  • harryShamim on March 28, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Well It will not effect Sr Lanka's performance at all... As Chandimal was doing just nothing..for sure srilanka is winning because players are performing for the team not because of Chandimal's Average Captaincy..!! Best Of Luck Sri Lanka From Pakistan Fan :)

  • street_smart on March 28, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    it's a boon for SL... I'm not sure why Chandimal is the captain in first place... he deosn't perform in any format.... & with captaincy it is even worse...

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    @GreenGoat, Dilshan should not be playing right now. Simple as that. He is so out of form. He shouldn't be wasting matches trying to get back into form. If he can't be fluent against Netherlands or England when Mahala was taking all the risks ... I really don't know why he is there. It's time for him to retire. T20 is a proving ground for new players.

  • ramz30380 on March 28, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Too many ppl have already called for Chandimal's head in this WC - Thirumanne better equipped than him - he was awesome in the Asia Cup, surprised that he hasnt been part of the XI this WCT20. But Malinga as captain?! Plz someone tell me this is a joke!

  • SLMaster on March 28, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Drop Thisara Perera for the next game..

  • Lahori_Munde on March 28, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    I was very disappointed in SL again in the last game. At the end of the match conference, the SL captain failed to appreciate the oppositions efforts until the interviewer raised that issue to him. And Mahela knew he was out but still stayed out there. Great teams do not play like that

  • WTEH on March 28, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Seriously!!! When ball was hit every other ball out of the ground and every fielder was trying to dry the ball, and after 4 ball changes you found fielding captain guilty. Was the match referee watching the actual match? Sri Lanka would not mind losing Chandimal for a inform player, but can the match referee be fining a team for having hit too many runs against them. ICC make note, next time limit the number of sixes that can be hit in a match, so the fielding team can maintain a healthy over rate!!! Funny...

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Mendis comes good for 3 matches and goes off again he didn't learning anything. malinga is not good captain. Anjlo is good make him captain

  • British_North_America on March 28, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    The old technology of Sri Lanka to suffer the opposition.They did the same against Bangladesh in the first T20 when 3 needed off the last ball.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    chandimal is an over rated player, I guess currently ANgelo is the best guy around any soft captaincy, but at this stage of SL mgmt. have tried to gamble with malinga, its little too risky in current situation...

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Thiri for chandi, Herath for mendis, lakmal for thisala. Sachithra comes at 8. So we have enough batsmen to cope 20 overs.

  • vallavarayar on March 28, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Malinga is a cool cat. He will do OK. Thirimanne will be better than Chandimal. This could yet prove to be a blessing in disguise.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    It would be best to drop Mendis along with Chandimal going forward. Bring back Lahiru and Herath. Give the captaincy to Mathews for both T20 as an additional role. Chandimal's batting is average is a joke.

  • Aryan_Adithya on March 28, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    This is the great chance for Sri lanka.Although i'm not fully agreeing with the decision to make malinga captain.Mathews is the perfect choice given the current situation.Pick Thirimanne for Chandimal and replace Mendis with Herath.

  • YsaKaru on March 28, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    eng bowl almost 2 hours.....why they didn't ban for eng....... But this is a good news bcoz chandi isn't a t20 player.thirimanne perfect for his position... Michael de Zoysa ARE YOU MAD???????? Never give Captaincy to malinga...

  • cooljack_143 on March 28, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Chandimal is a great fielder his contribution will be missed:-( catches win matches.

  • kahvas on March 28, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise for SL. SL needs to drop mendis, he's been a useless bowler. Bring Herath in, will be challenging for SA.

  • cooljack_143 on March 28, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    SL is very lucky to have been in this easiest group.But I 'm sure if they face Ind in Semis,its all over for them, all over for sanga&jaya. SL fans should pray that it doesn't happen. But SL vs Ind Finals will be very boring to watch.Its better Ind vs WI or SL vs WI. I know Pak is not gonna qualify for semis so that option is not there. Ind crossed hurdle to be into semis so should be a clean path for finals & win Tournament, so equation of SL vs WI is also striked out:-)Mathews is better captain than Slinga the Binga.

  • Ramansilva on March 28, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    I never thought I will write something against Chandimal. But this is a blessing in disguise at the moment.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    blessing in disguise for lankans!!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Good opportunity to get Thirimanne in for Chandimal and also get Herath in place of Mendis. Must win game for SL against NZ.

  • LAKINGSFAN on March 28, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    NZ should overcome this rattled SL. Expecting a good match.

  • Sandasiri_Asitha on March 28, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Finally, in-form Thirimanne get a chance..!! Hopefully, he ll able to play good hand here, n SL poor selectors should drop Mendis @ least now, to get maximum out of last chance that we have.

  • KingOwl on March 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    I think this is a blessing in disguise! I wish he was banned for the entire tournament! I think he is a great test match player, a little less one day player and a mediocre T20 player. He should just focus on test cricket for a few years. Like Sanga, he can be a great in that form. Once he matures, he can try his luck at T20. But I know he will be back after one match!

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    India now displaces Sri Lanka as no 1 in ICC T20 rankings.

  • GreenGoat on March 28, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    shud try Herath... drop Dilshan for this worldcup and then bring him back on for all t20 matches once sanga and mahela retire. there really is no place for 3 old timers in a young mans game...

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    ahould remove chandimal from the leadership , not suitable for the job

  • chandimasl on March 28, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    This is a blessing for our team, but the selectors should not do the blunder by bringing malinga as the captain. It should be mathews due to his expertise as a captain as mahela or sanga wont accept it.

    It is vital to make some important changes to the system. chandimal should not be selected for the other matches of the team as well so is mendis.it is impportant to bring prasanna for the place of chandimal and if thiri is bringing to the team it should drpo dilshan.mendis should be replaced either herath or lakmal.it should be decided based on the conditions of the pitch.

    But who knows the selectors might still want dilshan in the team as they did with mendis until our team loosing again. so it's upto the selectors to take a wise decision.

  • on March 28, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Lucky break for Sri Lanka, that Chandimal guy is overrated. Always wonder why Sri Lanka have stopped bowling Dilshan, he was always pretty tidy when he bowled I thought?

  • Rajeshj on March 28, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    This must be great news for the SL team.. Chandimal, as everyone can see, has so far been a liability rather than an asset in the team.. He must have been the blue-eyed boy of some nonsensical selectors, because he has so far displayed nothing to be counted as a leader... Its a true mystery on why the t20 captaincy was not given to Mathews, who has done so well till now.. Even yesterday he did not come to bat and sent Thissara and Angelo instead.. He simply doesn't merit a place as a captain..

  • hasran on March 28, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Srilanka is a lucky side that their passenger captain being automatically dropped from the playing 11.this is a timely blessing for the side because chandimal being in the side would mean 10 vs 11.yesterday also he didn't come to bat at the final stage.he is a captain who doesn't have confidence in his batting.why should we have a non contributing captain in a major ICC event.

  • jmcilhinney on March 28, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    If a captain is going to be suspended for being one over short in a T20 then it just makes the situation in Test cricket appear even more farcical. I'm an England fan but I'm prepared to admit that England are pretty poor with over-rates in Test cricket but they're not the only ones. It's high time that over-rates in Test cricket were looked at on a session-by-session basis or, at the very least, day-by-day. They should be enforcing 15 overs per hour minus the appropriate number for wickets, etc. 13 or even 12 overs in an hour consistently is simply not good enough but it's allowed to go on when minor transgressions in limited-overs cricket are treated severely.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Mathews should be the automatic choice to lead the side. He has so far done a good job with the Test and ODI leadership

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Yes it is a blessing in disguise indeed. He doesn't contribute much anyway because Mahela and Sanga runs the show on the field anyway. Good opening and opportunity to try another hard-hitting middle-order batsman.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Its good fr Srilankan team,also kick put mendis from team bring herath in.Mendis never learn anything since he dropped from team.Thirimanne/prasanna for chandimal

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    If Sri Lanka realised this before they would have done as earlier when sanga came for toss against india while mahela was about to suspend if there is an another breach.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    SL fans must read this post carefully.. This has happened twice in a 12 months period and according to new rules if this slow over rate happens twice in a year then the only and only captain will be fined and suspended for one match cz captain takes decisions on the field like to select bowlers, set a field etc. That's why only captain will be punished.. and there's nothing wrong in that cz cricket is incredibly slower game and these late decisions by captain make it even slower.. Crunch games, dewy comditions are no excuse for this mistake cz after all this is international cricket not school or district or state level cricket..

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    People who think Thisara should go out have to remember how many matches he has won for SL in the past and without him who is going to produce big hits at the end just like in the last game.... Seekuge will come in place of Chandimal and Herath will come in place of Mendis.. Thats it....

  • kartcric on March 28, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Amazing thing to happen.Chandimal has been out of form since he made his debut.A player who cant guarantee a place in the side cannot be the captain.Srilanka is playing well and a player like thirimanne will bolster the side.Chandimal should be ousted forever.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Perhaps the BEST thing happened to SL is playing without Chandimal. Last game is an eye opener to us and I hope the team will capitalize on the experience in defending a good total and playing in dew conditions.

  • DwightR on March 28, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    absolute madness...only in cricket would they suspend a captain in a World Cup tournament over sometime so little like slow over rate...suspensions should be for serious offences only, a fine for slow over rate is more than appropriate.

  • jerryman on March 28, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise . Matthews can captain . I think Prasanna shud come in his place and if herath replaces mendis this will be the best team to play Prasanna and Mathews can bowl 2 overs each depending on who is leaking runs ... SL must win the next game or else it is possibly the end of the run for them

  • Malik_Murad on March 28, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    This might be a 'blessing in disguise' for SL as their out-of-form captain will be replaced by a good player and the captainship will now transfers to Methwes...

  • Jury on March 28, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    CHANDIMAL is not a T20 player. He will be a good player for ODI & Test. SELECTORS please allow Mathews to be captain and select another all-round spinner to replace him. This is very good thing for Sri Lanka. Go Lion..

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Mahela should captain with Lahiru, Herath and Lakmal playing. Rest Ajantha and Thisara

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    If you're going to suspend him, then don't fine him. Why give him two punishments? Anyway, SL XI should be: 1) KJP 2) Dilshan 3) Thirimanne 4) Mahela 5) Sanga 6) Mathews 7) Kula 8) Sena 9) Herath 10) Slinga 11) Lakmal. Thisara Perera is too expensive as a bowler, and Kual and Sena are capable of filling in for him with the bat. Mendis is out for obvious reasons. Thirimanne is at his best in the top order, so that's where he should bat. This should be the playing XI against NZ...

  • babu_arun on March 28, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Who will replace him in the team , they should have appointed sanga or mahela

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Lets not have select for all teamsive standards for offenses like this in the future, for all teams... Our Murali was the target of controversy to uphold preferred bowlers of the "World" - thank God Murali outshine every bowler and on top of the bowling world!! Is this another attempt by the "Umpires" to dislodge the spearheading we have shown to date for the T20 World Title?? Be justifiable please..

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Great ! That's a blessing in disguise.

  • SeanB on March 28, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Seriously, no fine for England? They took close to two hours to finish 20 overs and get away without even a fine. Also, this system of 'fine' after the game is completed is of no use. People happily take the day off. Be creative with the penalties: ban the top scorer and the top wicket taker for the next game. Make a team play with one player less. Cricket should borrow a stop watch system from foot ball and basketball, and every other game. Even tennis players can be fined for being slow and all that happens on the spot, not one week after the match.

  • on March 28, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for SL IMO...

  • on March 28, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Not a bad thing at all for Srilanka, He does not deserve a place in playing eleven, Mattews should be captain in T20s as well

  • mrcricket300 on March 28, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Banning players for slow over rate is ridiculous. A simple fine is a good enough punishment.

  • Reggaecricket on March 28, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Fined and suspended for bowling one over too slow during a crunch game and when dealing with a dewy outfield? Well, I am afraid this is another case of absurdity! These rulings have to take into consideration the context of the game, one over behind did not hold up a second match either.In World Cup competitions skippers should not be suspended unless they have beached a disciplinary code, as it takes away from fair competition.

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  • Reggaecricket on March 28, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Fined and suspended for bowling one over too slow during a crunch game and when dealing with a dewy outfield? Well, I am afraid this is another case of absurdity! These rulings have to take into consideration the context of the game, one over behind did not hold up a second match either.In World Cup competitions skippers should not be suspended unless they have beached a disciplinary code, as it takes away from fair competition.

  • mrcricket300 on March 28, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Banning players for slow over rate is ridiculous. A simple fine is a good enough punishment.

  • on March 28, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Not a bad thing at all for Srilanka, He does not deserve a place in playing eleven, Mattews should be captain in T20s as well

  • on March 28, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for SL IMO...

  • SeanB on March 28, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Seriously, no fine for England? They took close to two hours to finish 20 overs and get away without even a fine. Also, this system of 'fine' after the game is completed is of no use. People happily take the day off. Be creative with the penalties: ban the top scorer and the top wicket taker for the next game. Make a team play with one player less. Cricket should borrow a stop watch system from foot ball and basketball, and every other game. Even tennis players can be fined for being slow and all that happens on the spot, not one week after the match.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Great ! That's a blessing in disguise.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Lets not have select for all teamsive standards for offenses like this in the future, for all teams... Our Murali was the target of controversy to uphold preferred bowlers of the "World" - thank God Murali outshine every bowler and on top of the bowling world!! Is this another attempt by the "Umpires" to dislodge the spearheading we have shown to date for the T20 World Title?? Be justifiable please..

  • babu_arun on March 28, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Who will replace him in the team , they should have appointed sanga or mahela

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    If you're going to suspend him, then don't fine him. Why give him two punishments? Anyway, SL XI should be: 1) KJP 2) Dilshan 3) Thirimanne 4) Mahela 5) Sanga 6) Mathews 7) Kula 8) Sena 9) Herath 10) Slinga 11) Lakmal. Thisara Perera is too expensive as a bowler, and Kual and Sena are capable of filling in for him with the bat. Mendis is out for obvious reasons. Thirimanne is at his best in the top order, so that's where he should bat. This should be the playing XI against NZ...

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Mahela should captain with Lahiru, Herath and Lakmal playing. Rest Ajantha and Thisara