South Africa fined for slow over-rate

AB de Villiers’ side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration

South Africa has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against England during the first One-Day International at Headingley, Leeds, on Wednesday.

Andy Pycroft of the elite panel of ICC match referees imposed the fine after AB de Villiers’s men were ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent 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, de Villiers has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines. De Villiers pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
 But the shadow of De Villiers’ indiscretion — it cost him 20% of his match fee — will linger uneasily because it guarantees a ban should he transgress again.

The International Cricket Council’s code of conduct says a “second offence in the same format of the game within 12 months” will incur “the imposition of a suspension for the immediately subsequent one international match in the same format of the game as that in which the offence occurred”.

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Tim Robinson and Rod Tucker, third umpire Chris Gaffaney and fourth official Michael Gough.

England won the match by 72 runs.

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