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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Ben Stokes of England celebrates with Ollie Pope after dismissing Marco Jansen of South Africa during Day Four of the Third LV= Insurance Test Match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval on September 11, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) are reportedly set to change the rules regarding the fine over slow over-rate in Tests after England players lost their entire match fees for the second Ashes Test. The governing body of the game has received complaints over the same as those who are unhappy with the punishment highlighting the point that the players played for nothing.

Ben Stokes and his teammates were all fined their entire match fee of £15,000 (approx. 15 lakh INR) for maintaining a slow over-rate during the second Test at Lord’s. England were also docked eight points in the new World Test Championship table.

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According to current rules, the players are fined 20 percent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time. In addition, a side is penalized one point for each over short. While calculating the over-rate, the officials do give allowances for drinks breaks, injuries, wickets, and other disturbances such as the Just Stop Oil protest that marred the first day at Lord’s.

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ICC to discuss on changing the rule:

According to a report from the Daily Mail, several countries believe that the current rules are unnecessarily harsh on the players. The matter is likely to be discussed at the ICC meeting in South Africa this week. The apex body is set to be asked to consider proposals to reduce the cap on over-rate fines from the current rate of 100 percent of players’ match fees to a much lower level.

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There will also be discussion on the WTC points with many countries believing that the penalties are undermining the integrity of the competition. In the inaugural WTC cycle, Australia missed out on a place in the final after being slapped with a points penalty.

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