India posted a mammoth total of 349 for seven in the first One-day International of the historic series against Pakistan only to see the hosts come dangerously close before falling short by five runs.
Pakistan conceded as many as 38 extras including 10 wides and 20 no balls, extending the Indian innings well beyond the stipulated play timings. A recent change in International Cricket Council (ICC) match regulations allowed Pakistan to escape with a fine instead of being docked any overs from their innings.
"It is quite ridiculous. I find the rule very strange. Players don't mind losing their money if they can win the match," Ganguly said.
Madugalle's decision to fine the teams was conveyed by Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB)media manager Sami-ul Hasan.
Although Hasan did not specify the quantum of the fine, it is learnt that the team will be docked 20 per cent of their match fees while the captain will be fined 30 per cent.
Ganguly said the West Indies used to bowl some 11 overs in an hour during the 70s and 80s and feared that such a situation could return to international cricket.
"I did not know about this rule. It was only when I went up to the match referee to know how many overs Pakistan were docked that I came to know that this new rule has been applied."