It appeared as if the loss was not enough as the English cricketers were fined ten per cent of their match fees while their skipper Alastair Cook was berthed a major portion of the pie of twenty per cent of his earnings for maintaining a slow over-rate in the second One-Day International (ODI) against India, the last day.

Sri Lankan origin, Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees obtruded the match fines after Alastair Cook’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target at the very end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. As per the statements of the International Cricket Council, the English Cricketers were unlucky to be just one over short at the fag end of the day.

In accordance with ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel regulations governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined ten 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. It was in the group one match against Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 last year in Chittagong, Bangladesh that the Queen’s eleven had their last ever fine of doing over rate bowling spells. The fine amount was much similar at that time as it is now.

As such, Cook was fined twenty per cent of his match fee while his players received ten per cent fines. If Cook is found guilty of one more minor over-rate offence or rather alterative charges in ODIs over the next twelve months, he will receive a one-match suspension as per the provisions of the ICC Penal Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

The offence is contrary to the stated Article 2.5.1 of the code which correlates to minor over-rate offences. The penalty was granted by England much soberly without any sort of contest so there was no need for a hearing. India had ultimately won the match by 133 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis system, adding salt and pepper to the already prompting grieves of the Englishmen.

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