ICC punishes India and West Indies players for maintaining slow over rate during 1st T20I
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has penalised players from India and the West Indies 5% and 10% of their match fees, respectively, for maintaining a slow speed over rate.
The top cricket body fined both India and West Indies for failing to finish their innings in the time limit set. West Indies fell two overs short while India went one over short.
"The fines were in line with Minimum Over-Rate Offences under Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. Every over that a team fails to bowl in the permitted time is subject to a fine of 5% of the match price, up to a maximum of 50% of the match fee, according to the rule, the ICC noted in a news statement.
There was no need for a second hearing because the offence was acknowledged to by both team leaders, Hardik Pandya and Rovman Powell.
In addition to third umpire Nigel Duguid and fourth umpire Leslie Reifer, the accusations were brought by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Patrick Gustard.
At the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad, on August 3, West Indies defeated India, who was captained by Hardik Pandya, by a narrow margin of four runs to begin the five-match T20I series.
Powell elected to bat first after winning the toss. The hosts lost early wickets, but the captain and Nicholas Pooran's performances allowed them to reach 149/6.
India's reply struggled to gain momentum and frequently lost wickets. In the end, despite Arshdeep Singh's late surge, India lost the match by four runs.
"We were smack in the middle of the action and feeling at ease. It's okay if we made some mistakes that lost us the game. A youthful team will make errors. We'll develop together. We maintained control of the game the entire time, which was a positive in this game, according to Pandya at the post-game presentation.
There are four good games coming up. Losing wickets makes it challenging to chase down any score in T20 cricket, and that's precisely what occurred. A few blows can alter the flow of traffic towards you. Our pursuit was stopped when we lost a few wickets, he said.