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India skipper Dhoni suspended

2012-02-19 15:15

Brisbane - Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been banned for one match due to India's slow over-rate in Sunday's 110-run loss to Australia in the limited-overs Tri-series.

International Cricket Council match referee Andy Pycroft ruled that India was two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. He banned Dhoni for a match and fined the Indian skipper 40 percent of his match fee.

It's the second time on this tour that Dhoni has been suspended for a breach of the over-rates regulations.

He missed the last test against Australia at Adelaide last month due to India's slow over-rate in the third match of that series, which the Australians swept 4-0.

Dhoni was banned again Sunday because it was the second time in 12 months that India had infringed its over-rate requirement in limited-overs internationals.

In humid conditions in Sunday's day-night match at the Gabba, India's pacemen struggled with cramps and the fielders committed basic errors as Australia blasted 100 runs in the last 10 overs to reach 288-5.

India, which could only manage 178 in reply with Dhoni leading the scoring with a defiant 56, is due to play Sri Lanka at the same venue on Tuesday. The match is important, with all three teams still in contention for a spot in the finals series.

Virender Sehwag deputised for Dhoni at Adelaide last month and is likely to again stand in as captain if he overcomes the back problem that has kept him out of India's last two ODIs.

The ICC released a statement late Sunday saying Dhoni had pleaded guilty after umpires Billy Bowden and Steve Davis charged him under tough guidelines adopted last June aimed at trying to prevent bowling teams from ambling through their overs.

According to the guidelines, the captain faces suspension for one match if his side is guilty of two over-rate offenses in the same format over a 12-month period. India was adjudged to be behind the over-rate in its World Cup final win over Sri Lanka last April.

AP