Wanindu Hasaranga is suspended by the ICC for two matches, while Rahmanullah Gurbaz is fined 15% of the match money

Following his violation of the ICC’s Code of Conduct during the third Twenty20 International at Dambulla, Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz was fined fifteen percent of his match fee and Sri Lanka’s skipper Wanindu Hasaranga was banned for two matches.

Hasaranga has been banned, according to an announcement from the world governing organization. The spin bowling all-round player racked up five demerit points in a 24-month span, including his most recent violation of the ICC Code of Conduct.

“Sri Lanka’s T20I skipper and second-ranked T20I bowler on the ICC Men’s Player Rankings, Wanindu Hasaranga has been presented with a two-match suspension after his total demerit points reached five within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct, for which he received a 50 per cent fine and three demerit points,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement.

Hasaranga confronted on-field umpire Lyndon Hanibal at the conclusion of Wednesday’s third and final Twenty20 International to voice his disapproval of a decision that did not result in a full-toss delivery being called a no-ball.

Thus, it was decided that Hasaranga had violated article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Staff. The piece discusses “personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an International Match” .

According to the ICC, Hasaranga’s five demerit points equate to two suspension points.

“This implies that he will be suspended for one Test match, two ODIs, or T20Is for the player or player support staff, depending on which penalty occurs first. As a result, Hasaranga will not be allowed to play in Sri Lanka’s first two Twenty20 Internationals against Bangladesh in October, according to the ICC.

In the same game, Afghanistan batsman Gurbaz was also fined for violating Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for going against article 2.4, which deals with “disobeying an Umpire’s instruction during an International Match.”

As a consequence, Gurbaz now has one penalty point added to his disciplinary record—his second offense in a 24-month span—and has accrued two demerit points.

“The sanction was imposed on Rahmanullah for altering the grip of his bat on the field despite repeated warnings against doing so,” the International Cricket Council said.

The ICC also said that both players had acknowledged their transgressions and accepted the punishment that match referee Chris Broad had recommended.

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