England tour of India - Cricket: India fined for slow over rate in 1st ODI

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Cuttack: India has been fined for slow over rate, which could go up to 20 per cent of its match fees, in its first One-dayer against England in Kolkata onSaturday.Match referee Dennis Lindsay told reporters on Monday that the Indians, who bowled second in the match, were about five overs short and they would be fined five per cent of their fees per over."I do not want to pre-empt things but they were around five overs short. I will definitely take the dew factor into consideration so the Indians can be fined for bowling three or four overs short," Lindsay said.Lindsay also said he was yet to make a final decision on the number of overs for which the Indians will be fined. He said the Indians have already been informed about the fine. "They are fully aware of it. I don't like doing such a thing because I will be taking away their money. But I have to go by the rules."According to the new ICC rules, a team is fined five per cent of their fees per over bowled short. However, if the number of overs exceeds five, the guilty team will be slapped a 10 per cent fine for every extra over.The English team, which also docked one over for its slow over rate, has been fined five per cent of its fees. Asked whether slow bowling rate could create problems at a venue like Cuttack, which had no floodlights, he said, "Definitely it will be a problem and both teams are aware of this."PTI

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