Dhoni handed one-Test ban for slow over-rate

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Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 14:07 [IST]
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Indian captain Dhoni banned for one Test

Perth, Jan 15: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Sunday banned for one Test by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for maintaining a slow over-rate in the Perth Test.

Dhoni will miss the Adelaide Test against Australia starting from January 24.

"The India team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third Test against Australia in Perth. As this is the second offence within 12 months India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been suspended for the next Test match in line with the ICC Code of Conduct," an ICC statement said on Sunday.

India were two overs short of the required over-rate, the ICC release said. The first offence by the team was committed in the second Test against the West Indies in Barbados in July last year.

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena, as well as third umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth umpire Mick Martell.

Ranjan Madugalle, chief ICC Match Referee, imposed the fines after India was ruled to be two overs short of its target at the end of the match after time allowances had been taken into consideration.

In accordance with ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

As such, Dhoni was also fined 40 per cent of his match fee while the other players received 20 per cent fines.

Dhoni pleaded guilty to the charge and the subsequent penalties were accepted both by Dhoni and India.

As such there was no need for a formal hearing. Dhoni also acknowledged that he had been kept informed of the position regarding over-rates on a regular basis throughout the match and therefore accepted the decision.

India went in with an all-pace attack and this might have slowed down the over-rate. India bowled only once in the Perth Test in which Australia were bowled out for 369 in 76.2 overs. The team took 362 minutes to complete those overs.

Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and debutant R Vinay Kumar formed the Indian bowling attack at the WACA Ground. This was for the first time since 1991 that India had opted for four specialist fast bowlers.

Vice-captain Virender Sehwag is likely to lead the team in Adelaide. Wriddhiman Saha, the reserve wicket-keeper in the squad will take over the gloves.

India is trailing 0-3 in the four-match series after losing by an innings and 37 runs in Perth on Sunday. They had be beaten in Melbourne and Sydney in the opening two Tests.


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