After suffering a heartbreaking defeat against the hosts, Sri Lanka in the Colombo (SSC) ODI, West Indies players have been fined 40% of their match fees due to the slow over-rate incident.
It was the first match of the three-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and West Indies on last Saturday (22nd February). In that thrilling match, West Indies were sent to bat first and managed to score 289/7 (50 overs). In reply, after a long battle, Sri Lanka chased down that target in 49.1 overs after losing nine wickets.
West Indies were two overs short
After that thrilling match, the Caribbean side was found two overs short of the target even after considering the time allowances.
According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel (relates to minimum over-rate offences), players are fined 20% of their match fees for the shortage of every over in the allotted time.
The match referee was the former Indian cricketer Javagal Srinath. According to the law, the match referee imposed the fine of 40% of match fees on the Caribbean players.
The match officials have levelled the charges against the West Indies players. These match officials were Paul Wilson (on-field umpire), Ruchira Palliyaguruge (on-field umpire), Marais Erasmus (TV umpire) and Lyndon Hannibal (fourth official).
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has accepted the proposed sanction after pleading guilty to the offence. So, there is no need for a formal hearing on this matter.
South Africa also faced fine after the Johannesburg T20I
Earlier, on Sunday (22nd February), South Africa and Australia played the Johannesburg T20I where the visitors Australia claimed a big victory by 107 runs.
After that match, South African players faced 20% fine of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate. The hosts were one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
In that game, Australia scored 196/6 (20 overs) in the first batting while South Africa were bundled out for just 89 runs (14.3 overs). Australian left-arm spinner Ashton Agar claimed a hat-trick in the second innings of that game.