In a media statement, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that West Indies had been penalized 20% of their match fees for playing India in the first T20I in Trinidad on Friday with a sluggish overrate.
The fine was imposed by Richie Richardson of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees after it was determined that the Indies had fallen one over short of the mark after taking time allowances into account.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, was in excellent form during the first T20I against the West Indies. He went on to score 64 runs off just 44 balls, hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes in the process. During this innings, Rohit passed Martin Guptill of New Zealand to take the top spot among men’s T20I run scorers.
In the first Twenty20 International between India and West Indies, the former batted first and scored 190/6 in 20 overs. Dinesh Karthik scored an undefeated 41 runs off just 19 balls with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes, while Rohit scored a 64-run inning.
West Indies Captain Nicholas Pooran accepted the proposed sanction:
According to the official statement, “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 fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,”
There was no need for a formal hearing because Captain Nicholas Pooran pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the suggested punishment.
The accusation was levelled by the on-field umpires Leslie Reifer and Nigel Duguid, third umpire Gregory Brathwaite, and fourth umpire Patrick Gustard.
India will be aiming to increase their advantage to 2-0 with a victory at Warner Park after taking the opening T20I at Trinidad. After a disappointing performance in the first game, the Windies will be aiming to bounce back.