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Dhoni gets 2-ODI ban for slow over-rate

Published: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 12:02 [IST]
 
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Dhoni gets 2-ODI ban for slow over-rate

Nagpur: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday banned for two one-day internationals for the team's slow over-rate during the second one-dayer against Sri Lanka in Nagour on Friday.

Sri Lanka squared the five-mach series 1-1 by winning the day-night game in Nagpur by three wickets with five balls remaining.

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The second ODI in Nagpur ended 45 minutes after the scheduled finish time because of the frequent discussions between the Indian players. The match referee held skipper Dhoni responsible for the "intentional" delay.

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It was still not known whether the two-match ban would come into effect immediately.

In Dhoni's absence, opener Gautam Gambhir is likely to be named the captain for the two matches to be held in Cuttack on December 21 and in Kolkata on December 24.

The BCCI, however, has not made any official announcement yet on who will take over the captaincy in case Dhoni's ban comes into effect immediately.

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