Last Update on: December 21st, 2017 at 05:39 pm
The KFC Big Bash League (BBL) has started off with a bang with both the matches on the first two days being cliffhangers and going until the last over of the match. However, 44 players in all have been fined by the authorities, and four captains are on the brink of suspension for slow over rates in their respective matches. Cricket Australia announced that the men’s Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars teams, as well as the women’s Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers teams, were all fined for slow over rates.
All the four teams fell one over short of the target in their respective matches, and every member has been fined $1000 per player for men’s and $ 250 per player for women’s team. The fine can be halved if the teams agree to accept the penalty without an appeal.
A strike has been recorded against the captain of each team, and another strike would mean that the captain will face suspension for a match. Brisbane Heat skipper Brendon McCullum was suspended in the later stages of BB|06 for the same offence.
Sydney Sixer’s captain Moises Henriques was fined for slow over in the opening game of the BBL on Tuesday. Sixer’s lost the last ball thriller against Sydney Thunders. Whereas, John Hastings who was leading Melbourne Stars for the first time was booked for slow over-rate in their opening game against Brisbane Heat which the Stars lost. Hastings was named the captain for this season after David Hussey announced retirement from all forms of cricket.
In the women’s tournament, Adelaide Strikers captain Suzie Bates, and Melbourne Renegades captain Amy Satterthwaite were booked for slow over-rate in each of the reverse fixtures. Strikers were fined for slow over-rate when they defeated Renegades in the first meeting between the two sides of the season while Renegades were fined when they defeated Strikers in the reverse fixture.