'Be quick': Sri Lankan bowlers and fielders briefed on finishing the overs and field placings
Lasith Malinga's boys had been late by 6 minutes for completing the full quota of 20 overs in the stipulated time in the first T-20I against New Zealand on Sunday. This was revealed by the team manager Ashantha de Mel.
On an average each over is considered to be finished in 3 1/2 minutes.
"In fact, the match referee (Andy Pycroft) did point it out in the very first over itself that the bowler (Lasith Malinga) took longer to complete his over", the team manager, Ashantha de Mel, speaking exclusively over telephone from Kandy, said.
"The match referee is at the liberty to point out this and he brought this to my notice in the best interest of the team and I conveyed the message immediately to the coach (Rumesh Ratnayake), who is / was supposed to inform to the captain".
"Considering the stoppages and interruptions, if any, the match referee fined the entire team a sum of 40% match fee receivable from the SLC. Now the captain or the team are not suspended", he further added.
Each slow over rate is fined for 20% of match-fees.
"If the team is late in over rate from the beginning, it is very difficult to cope up at the end. This is because more fours and sixes are hit during the final stages of the match and players take more time to arrange the field placings".
Before the commencement of the 2nd T-20I on Tuesday, the manager also briefed players on this issue.
"I had also briefed them in the World Cup (the team was slow in over rates in the World Cup also). On Tuesday again I sat with the players and told them to be quick on the field not waste more time on field placings", the manager, who is also the chairman of selectors, concluded.