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AB de Villiers and his men fined for slow over rate

Villiers and his men fined for slow over rate

The South African cricket team are currently engaged in a 3-match ODI series against England ahead of their champion trophy campaign, in June. They played their first match of the series on Wednesday and the result was not in their favour as they lost the match by a huge margin of 72 runs.

South African players including Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and David Miller who took a part in the match against England on Wednesday, have been fined for slow over-rates.

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Andy Pycroft who is also a member of the elite panel of ICC, took this decision against South African captain AB de Villiers and his men as the Proteans were only one over short of the requisite target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

Following Article 2.5.1 of the ICC code of conduct for players and player support Personnel, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time. Meanwhile, the captain is charged with double of that amount. According to this minor over-rate offence, AB de Villiers would be charged with 20% of the match fees, while rest of the players get away with 10%.

However, the charge was originally sanctioned from Tim Robinson and Rod Tucker who were on-field umpires, third umpire Chris Gaffaney and fourth official Michael Gough. De Villiers pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction so a formal hearing wasn’t required.

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