Hasaranga Suspended by ICC, Will Miss First Two T20Is Against Bangladesh

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Hasaranga has been found guilty of breaking a rule (article 2.13) in cricket related to personal abuse during an international match. Due to this, he has accumulated five demerit points, leading to a two-suspension-point conversion. As a result, he will be banned from playing in Sri Lanka’s first two T20Is against Bangladesh. The incident occurred during the third T20I between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, where Hasaranga criticized an umpire’s decision.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz from Afghanistan has also been penalized for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct in the same match. He was fined 15% of his match fee for disobeying an umpire’s instruction. Additionally, one demerit point has been added to Rahmanullah’s record, bringing his total to two within a 24-month period. The penalty was imposed because he changed the grip of his bat on the field despite warnings.

Both players admitted to their offenses and accepted the sanctions proposed by referee Chris Broad, making formal hearings unnecessary. The charges were brought by on-field umpires Lyndon Hannibal and Raveendra Wimalasiri, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge, and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinez. Despite these incidents, Sri Lanka won the three-match T20I series 2-1, with Hasaranga receiving the Player of the Series award for his all-round performance.

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