Proteas fined for slow over-rate in pink day ODI


South African teammates celebrates the dismissal of Indian batsman Rohit Sharma (R) during the fourth One Day International cricket match between South Africa and India at Wanderers cricket ground on February 10, 2018 in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in Saturday’s  fourth one-day international against India in Johannesburg, which they won by five wickets to keep the series alive.

Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Aiden Markram’s side was ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

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In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

As such, Markram has been fined 20-percent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 percent fines.

If South Africa commit another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within 12 months of this offence with Markram as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Markram and he will face a suspension.

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Markram pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Bongani Jele, third umpire Ian Gould, and fourth umpire Shaun George.