Once again the slow over-rate has been reported during the latest ODI between the hosts New Zealand and the visitors India at Eden Park (Auckland). However, this time the hosts were involved in this offence, not the visiting side like the previous three limited-overs matches.
On Saturday (8th February), they played the second ODI of the three-match series. Like the first ODI of this series, Tom Latham was leading the Black Caps in the absence of regular captain Kane Williamson.
After winning the toss, the visitors sent the hosts to bat first. While the hosts scored 273/8 (50 overs), the visitors replied with 251 runs (48.3 overs) before getting all out. With this victory, the hosts have secured the ODI series by leading it 2-0 with one to go.
New Zealand were three overs short from the target during Auckland ODI
But after winning that match by 22 runs, the New Zealand team faced a big fine for the slow over-rate. While the hosts were three overs short from the target (after considering the time allowances), the match referee Chris Broad has imposed the fine of 60 per cent match fees on the New Zealand players, according to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
This specific Article is related to minimum over-rate offences that claimes, “players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.”
The charges against the hosts have come from the match umpires. The match umpires were Shaun Haig (on-field), Langton Rusere (on-field) and Bruce Oxenford (TV umpire).
New Zealand captain Tom Latham pleaded guilty to the offence. He also accepted the proposed sanction. So, there is no requirement for a formal hearing on this matter.
At the end of the previous ODI, and the last two matches of the earlier five-match T20I series in this ongoing tour, the visitors India faced slow over-rate fines. In those matches, the Indian players faced the fine of 40% match fees, 20% match fees and 80% match fees respectively according to the same Article. While Rohit Sharma led the Indian in the last game of the T20I series, the other two fines were faced by Virat Kohli-led Indian team.