Johannesburg: Teams bowling their overs slowly in the first innings of an One-day international will not be docked overs in future, according to a new rule to be introduced on April 1. Instead, they will attract heavy fines, just as teams fielding second are, International Cricket Council (ICC) general manager Dave Richardson said on Sunday.
Richardson said the current system was faulty because while teams bowling first were docked overs, bowling delays in the second innings attracted only fines. The new rule comes into effect on April 1 after the World Cup. The first tournament to adopt the rule will be the three-nation Sharjah Cup in the United Arab Emirates from April 1 to 10 featuring South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
South Africa was penalised one over against the West Indies in the World Cup opener last Sunday, which proved costly as it lost by three runs. If the new rule had been in effect, South Africa would have been heavily fined, but would still have been allowed to face the full 50 overs instead of 49.