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Sri Lanka skipper gets suspended match ban


KANDY, Sri Lanka, March 9 (AFP) - Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya was given a two-Test and two- one-day international suspended ban for showing dissent after being given out during the second Test match against England on Friday.

International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Hanumant Singh also fined him sixty percent of his match fee.

Jayasuriya threw his helmet near the steps of the Sri Lankan dressing room in full view of the spectators and television cameras after he was given out caught by Graham Thorpe in the gully off Andy Caddick for nought in the second innings.

Television replays suggested Jayasuriya had been unlucky.

The replays showed Jayasuriya hitting the ball into the pitch before it spooned up to Thorpe.

Jayasuriya stood his ground while Sri Lankan umpire Bulathsinghalage Cooray consulted with his colleague Rudi Koertzen of South Africa, before giving him out.

Singh said Jayasuriya had violated the ICC Players' Code of Conduct Nos. 3, 2 and 1 and had not fulfilled his additional responsibility as captain of ensuring the game was played in the right spirit.

Jayasuriya's suspended sentence is effective for six months from March 11 to September 10, 2001.

Sri Lanka are struggling to save the Test after being reduced to 98 for six at the close, an overall lead of only eight runs. Two days remain in the Test.







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