The Virat Kohli-led Indian Cricket Team has been fined 40 percent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate in the fifth and final T20I against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Former Indian pacer and the Emirates ICC Panel Of Match Referees, Javagal Srinath, imposed the sanction after on-field officials Anil Choudhary and Nitin Menon and third umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan leveled the charge.
Team India was found guilty of being two overs short of the target after all the time allowances were taken into consideration.
“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 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said in a statement.
Captain Virat Kohli pleaded guilty to the offense, thus ruling out the need for a formal hearing.
The over-rates by both sides in the just-concluded five-match T20I series were appalling, to say the least.
This is the second time that India has been reprimanded for maintaining a slow over-rate in the series. The home side had their 20 percent match fees docked after they were found guilty of bowling one over short within the stipulated time during the second T20I.
England haven’t held themselves in high regard in maintaining over-rates either. The Eoin Morgan-led unit was also found guilty of bowling one over short during the fourth T20I, and they suffered the same fate as India did in the second game.