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ICC fines India yet again

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have fined India for the second time in the ongoing Australian tour for maintaining slow over rate.

India are fined 20% of the match fees for being one over short of the targeted time (with time allowances being considered) in the third T20I against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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An ICC media release stated, “David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after India was one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.

“Captain, Virat Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.”

India were fined 20% of their fees after the first ODI, which Virat Kohli’s men took four hours and six minutes to finish Australia’s innings at the SCG. India took nearly four hours again in the second ODI but they were spared.

In 2020, India have been found guilty of slow over rate issue for the third time in T20 Internationals. The first two instances were on consecutive occasions while playing on the other side of the Tasman sea, New Zealand.

India won the T20I series 2-1 after succumbing a defeat of the same margin in the ODIs. The two cricketing giants will face off in four Tests, starting from December 17.

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