Williamson and co. penalised for slow over-rate

Williamson and co. penalised for slow over-rate

New Zealand have been fined for being guilty of slow over-rate in their Champions Trophy match against England at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. If it happens for second time, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson will be handed a suspension.

According to ICC, New Zealand were two overs short of it’s target. It took almost four hours to finish England’s innings. So, the playera were fined 20% of the match fees while captain Williamson was fined 40%.

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“In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

“As such, Williamson has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 20 per cent fines. Williamson pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” ICC said in a statement.

ICC also mentioned that Williamson would be suspended for one game if they commit another minor over-rate.

“If there is a second minor over-rate offence committed by New Zealand during the event with Williamson as captain, he will be suspended for one match.”

New Zealand were handed a 87-run defeat against England. Williamson top-scored with 87 runs.