Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga suspended for slow over-rate

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 29, 2017

Sri Lanka's injury woes continued after stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera aggravated a back injury during the third One-Day International (ODI) against India on Sunday. Therefore, if Sri Lanka commits another serious over-rate breach in an ODI from now until June 3, 2018 with Tharanga as captain, it will be a third serious over rate offence by Tharanga and he will receive a sanction of a minimum of eight suspension points. Chandimal also brings with him an experience of 128 ODIs, and this will be a fresh start for him after he was dropped from the ODI side following Sri Lanka's exit from the Champions Trophy.

The hosts went down to India by three wickets in the rain-hit match in Pallekele on Thursday to trail the series 2-0.

Asanka Gurusinha, Sri Lanka's cricket manager and a selector, said the selectors wanted to stick with Kapugedera, as he was already serving as Tharanga's deputy in the series. "We wanted someone who can hold his place in the side as well".

Sri Lanka's captain Upul Tharanga during a press conference at at Pallekele, Kandy in Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Squad: Chamara Kapugedara (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanna, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Upul Tharanga (for fifth ODI). Thirimanne has fulfilled the role of an opening batsman with some success in the past: he averages 38.94 after 19 innings. But a finger injury broke that spell of form, and he had been modest in 2017 - averaging 22.25 with a strike rate of 65.20 - before he found himself ousted from the squad.

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