21 Jan 2013

De Villiers suspended for last 2 ODI's

5:58 am on 21 January 2013

The South African cricket captain AB de Villiers will miss the remaining two one-day internationals against New Zealand after being suspended for the team's slow over rate in the weekend's series opening defeat.

Match referee David Boon imposed the suspension after the Proteas were ruled to be six overs short of their target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.

The ICC warned that should De Villiers be found guilty of the offence again in the next 12 months then he could be banned for eight ODIs or four tests.

The slow over rate also cost his team mates their match fees in the agonising one-wicket defeat in Paarl.

Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis will now captain the side while left-handed batsman David Miller joins the squad.

The second of 3 matches is on Wednesday morning in Kimberley.