Wanindu Hasaranga suspended for two matches

Wanindu Hasaranga, the captain of Sri Lanka’s T20I team, has been suspended for two international matches due to his accumulation of demerit points. This suspension comes after his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct, for which he received a 50 percent fine and three demerit points. Hasaranga was found guilty of personal abuse towards a player, player support personnel, umpire, or match referee during an international match, which is a violation of article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct. As a result, his five demerit points have converted to two suspension points. Two suspension points lead to a ban from either one Test match or two ODIs or T20Is, whichever comes first for the player or player support personnel. Consequently, Hasaranga will be suspended for Sri Lanka’s first two T20Is against Bangladesh next month. The incident occurred after the match when Hasaranga confronted umpire Lyndon Hanibal to express his criticism of a decision. Additionally, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, an Afghanistan player, has also been penalized. He has been fined 15 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct in the same match. Rahmanullah was found to have disobeyed an umpire’s instruction during an international match, which is a violation of article 2.4 of the Code.

Furthermore, one demerit point has been added to Rahmanullah’s disciplinary record, as it was his second offense within a 24-month period, bringing his cumulative demerit points to two.

Rahmanullah was sanctioned for repeatedly changing the grip of his bat during the game, despite being warned not to do so. Both players acknowledged their wrongdoing and accepted the sanctions proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees. Consequently, formal hearings were deemed unnecessary. The charges were brought forth by on-field umpires Lyndon Hannibal and Raveendra Wimalasiri, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge, and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinez. For Level 2 breaches, players face a penalty ranging from 50 to 100 percent of their match fee, along with three or four demerit points. On the other hand, Level 1 breaches result in a minimum punishment of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of the player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

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