On Tuesday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) fined the West Indies men’s team 60 per cent of their match fee and docked six ICC World Test Championship points for maintaining a slow over-rate against South Africa in the second Test in St Lucia. Although the latter doesn’t impact them much as the ICC World Test Championship final is being played between India and New Zealand in Southampton.
Kraigg Brathwaite’s side was ruled to be three overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration. Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction.
Since players are charged with a fine 20 per cent of their match fees for every over they fall short while bowling, the West Indies side was penalised 20 per cent for each over amounting to 60 per cent for falling short of three overs, in accordance with Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct.
“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,” ICC stated in an official statement announcing the fine imposed on the West Indies men’s team.
“In addition, as per Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, a side is penalised two points for each over short. Consequently, six World Test Championship points have been deducted from the West Indies’ points total.”
Kraigg Brathwaite pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, averting the need for a formal hearing.
The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Gregory Brathwaite, third umpire Leslie Reifer and fourth umpire Nigel Duguid.
The second Test between South Africa and West Indies ended in the tourists winning the match by 158 runs, allowing them to seal the series by 2-0.
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