The stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga has accepted the mistake for going very slow with the ball which further saw other players being charged a fine of 60 percent of the match fee.
“We were too slow even when we were moving. Between the overs also I felt that we were not moving fast enough,” Tharanga was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
Tharanga was handed over a two-match ban for bowling at a slow-over rate, in their Group B inaugural match of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy against South Africa on June 3 at The Oval.
The left-handed batsman Tharanga is scheduled to miss his side’s two remaining matches against India and Pakistan, respectively in their Group B remaining fixtures.
The Balapitiya-born Tharanga, who was the top scorer for his side with 57 runs, revealed he was informed by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould about the slow-over rate, as the third umpire was Paul Reiffel followed by the fourth umpire in the form of Bruce Oxenford.
“The umpires actually warned me in the 40th over that we were three overs behind,” Tharanga stated.
Soon after losing out the game against the Proteas by 96 runs, the ICC Match Referee David Boon imposed the suspension which further found Lanka short of around four overs in the allotted time.
“Usually we need more time to bowl the last ten overs, but we failed to pull back things. It was difficult to catch up having been too slow earlier on,” Tharanga maintained.
After accepting his mistake and the sanction from the world cricket governing body ICC, there would be no hearing taking place in this regard. The 32-year-old Tharanga was charged with the Article of 2.5.2 of the Code of Conduct of the cricket body ICC which is related with over-rate offences.
“In the first ten overs, we were two overs short and the umpires informed me. We took too long no doubt,” Tharanga further added.
It becomes pertinent to mention, the Vice-captain Tharanga led the side after their regular skipper Angelo Mathews was struggling with his calf injury. Moreover, the all-rounder has been struggling with the leg, as he picked up hamstring since January 2016.
The law suggested if the team would be late at least two overs in the allowed time, the skipper would face 10 percent match fee which would further extend up to 20 percent in additional overs. Moreover, the two suspension points mean, the player would get banned either from a Test or two limited-overs games each in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals, respectively.
However, the law suggests whatever comes first in the fixture; the player would not be allowed to appear.