Sri Lanka T20 skipper Wanindu Hasaranga gets two-match ban for abusing umpire | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council on Saturday handed a two-match ban to Wanindu Hasaranga, the newly appointed Sri Lanka Twenty20 captain, for verbally abusing an umpire during the recent series-ending loss against Afghanistan.
The 26-year-old confronted on-field umpire Lyndon Hannibal after the match, expressing dissatisfaction for not calling a no-ball on a high delivery to Kamindu Mendis in the final over when Sri Lanka required 11 runs from three balls.
In a statement, the ICC mentioned that the incident had violated its code of conduct regarding “personal abuse.” Hasaranga had accrued sufficient demerit points over the past two years, leading to the imposition of a two-match ban and a fine equivalent to 50 percent of his match fee.
“Hasaranga stands suspended from Sri Lanka’s first two T20Is against Bangladesh next month,” the statement said.
Replays confirmed that Wafadar Momand’s delivery had been above waist-high and Hasaranga continued to vent his frustrations after the match.
“If you can’t see that, that umpire isn’t suited to international cricket,” he said, according to Cricinfo. “It would be much better if he did another job.”
Sri Lanka went on to lose the match by three runs after Mendis hit a six on the final ball but won the series 2-1 in an otherwise wretched tour for Afghanistan, who lost all three ODIs and the sole Test.
The ICC also fined Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz 15 percent of his fee for the same match for disobeying umpire instructions.
“The sanction was imposed on Rahmanullah for changing the grip of his bat on the field of play despite being repeatedly warned not to do so,” the statement said.
It said both players had “admitted the offences and accepted the sanctions”.
(With inputs from AFP)

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