ICC fines West Indies for slow over rate!
CRICDOT DESK : The West Indies cricket team has been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for slow bowling in the first match of the three-match Test series against England in Antigua. Windies has been fined 40 per cent of the match fee for slow bowling. At the same time, the Caribbeans have been cut 2 points from the table of the ICC Test Championship.
ICC Emirates Elite Panel match referee Richie Richardson imposed the fine. The Windies bowled less than two overs in the allotted time. According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct, players are fined 20 per cent of the match fee for each over if they fail to bowl within the stipulated time at the slow over rate. The Caribbeans have been fined 40 per cent for two overs.
In addition, according to the rules of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, Article 16.11.2 states that a team is deducted 1 point for each over at a slow over rate. So the Windies have cut 2 points for two overs. Windies captain Craig Brathwaite has admitted the allegations. So there was no need for a formal hearing. The Windies now have 14 points equal to England in the World Test Championship due to the cut of points. Windies have 14 points from 5 matches and England have 11 points from 11 matches.