India fined for slow over-rate again
India have been fined 20 percent of their match fees again for slow over-rate during their fifth T20 match against New Zealand, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.
“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” Match Referee Chris Broad imposed the sanction. On-field umpires Chris Brown and Shaun Haig, and third umpire Ashley Mehrotra leveled the charge.
Rohit Sharma led India were found one overs short of the target time. This is the second progressive game where India were short of their targets, having just lost 40 percent of their charge for the previous game in the wake of being gotten two overs behind the mark in Wellington.
Rohit Sharma pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so no formal hearing was required.
However, India had successfully accomplished a historic feat. They had won five games in a row in the shorter format and whitewashed New Zealand for the first time in T20I history.
Now the action shifts to the three-match ODI series. The first ODI will be played on February 5 (Wednesday) at Seddon Park, Hamilton.