West Indies captain Jason Holder has been suspended for one match by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his side’s slow over-rate during the first ODI in Colombo against the host Sri Lanka.
It was the second time that Holder was charged with slow over rate offence in the in the last 12 months and, as such, has been banned for the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
West Indies were ruled to be two overs short of their target during Sri Lanka’s thrilling one-wicket victory in Colombo on Sunday.
Holder has been fined with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. The West Indies players were also fined 20 per cent of their match fees- 10 per cent for each over they failed to bowl in the allotted time while skipper Holder fined 40 per cent of his match fee.
In January, Holder was found guilty of maintaining a slow over-rate during the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka, as a result, he was also handed a suspension for his second similar offence inside a 12 month period.
Holder pleaded guilty and received the sanction, which was handed by former Australian batsman and ICC Match Referee David Boon.
West Indies recently failed to qualify for the 2017 Champions League as they finished ninth in the 12 teams ICC ODI ranking list. The cut-off date for qualification was September 30. They could have a chance to qualify if Pakistan did not deny to play the proposed tri-nation series in Zimbabwe.
ICC recently also decided that bottom six of the 12 team ranking list have to play the 2019 Wolrd Cup qualifier that means Test playing nations like Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have to vie with associate nations to get a Word Cup berth. So, this new qualification round system will make things difficult for the bottom four of Test playing nations because teams like Ireland, Afghanistan seem to be ambitious to upset at least two Test playing nations in order to book their world cup berth.
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