In the wake of going over five years without committing an over-rate offense, India have now needed to pay fines in three continuous matches, the most recent an incredible 80% of their match expense in the wake of being discovered four overs short of the objective in the first ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton on Wednesday.
According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which identifies with least over-rate offenses, players are fined 20% of their fee for every over their side fails to bowl within the stipulated time.
Following the match, which India lost by four wickets, India captain Virat Kohli confessed to the charge – leveled by on-field umpires Shaun Haig and Langton Rusere, third umpire Bruce Oxenford, and fourth umpire Chris Brown – and acknowledged the sanction, which means there was no requirement for a conventional hearing.
It was in the fourth T20I of the five-match series in New Zealand that India’s run of 264 international matches – since a Test match at The Oval in August 2014 – without falling foul of the law reached an end.
In that event, India were seen as two overs short of the objective and needed to pay a 40% fine. Kohli was the captain for that match. At that point, in the final fixture – Rohit Sharma led India with Kohli rested, however, he also got an injury while batting, and KL Rahul led India during New Zealand’s failed to pursue – India were an over short, and in this manner paid a 20% fine.
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