ICC likely to review Sri Lanka's captaincy switch during match against England

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 03, 2012 07:51 hrs

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to inspect Sri Lanka's captaincy switch during their final match of the Twenty20 World Cup Super Eight stage against England on Monday.

Usual captain Mahela Jayawardene handed over the captaincy to former skipper Kumar Sangakkara to avoid the threat of a ban because of slow over rates.

The host nation was fined for a slow over rate during their match against the West Indies, and under ICC rules, Jayawardene will face a one-match suspension if Sri Lanka infringe again in the next year under his captaincy.

Jayawardene continued to take the decisions on the field on Monday, although Sangakkara went in for the toss with England captain Stuart Broad, starting a debate whether or not the move was against the spirit of the game.

"As is always the case, the ICC will be reviewing the playing conditions and the code of conduct at the conclusion of the event," Sports24 quoted an ICC spokesperson, as saying.

Jayawardene, who top-scored with 42 during the 19-run win to knock out defending champions England, said he was certain the ICC would change the rules after the incident.

"I'm sure they'll change the rules after this, but hopefully not in this tournament. I had a warning for an over rates issue, and if it happens again I miss the match so what we did was have Kumar as the official captain," Jayawardene said.

"I don't think that the intentions were wrong. It's a tough system and it's tough to bowl 20 overs in one hour and 20 minutes in a tournament like this. We try our best, but the penalties are harsh. We don't want to miss the big games, so we did it with the right intentions,' he added. (ANI)

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