Port of Spain, July 12: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has been suspended for 2 One Day Internationals after his team was found guilty of maintaining a slow over-rate in the Celkon Mobile Cup tri-series final against India here on Thursday (July 11).
India defeated Sri Lanka by 1 wicket to win the trophy. MS Dhoni led India to a thrilling win in the last over of the match when 15 runs were needed from 6 balls.
The Sri Lankan players were fined 40 per cent of their match fee for over-rate offence in the final.
David Boon of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension after Sri Lanka were ruled to be 3 overs short of their target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration, ICC said in a media release.
Mathews pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction so there was no need for a formal hearing.
In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct, which deals with serious over-rate offences, the captain receives two suspension points while the players are fined 10-per-cent of their match fees for each of the first two overs short and 20-per-cent for every additional over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
Two suspension points in the Code equates to a suspension from one Test or two ODIs, to be applied to the subsequent International Matches in which the player sanctioned is most likely to participate in.
As such, Mathews has been suspended for the first two ODIs against South Africa to be played on July 20 and 23 at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Peter Nero, third umpire Joel Wilson and fourth umpire Nigel Duguid.