Captain Dhoni banned for Sri Lanka ODI

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Published: Monday, February 20, 2012, 10:47 [IST]
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Dhoni banned for one ODI

Brisbane, Feb 19: Indian captain MS Dhoni has been suspended for one One Day International after his side was fined for a second "Minor Over Rate Offence" within a year during the seventh match of the tri-series against Australia here on Sunday.

The Indian side was ruled to be two overs short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. Teams falling short upto two overs is under "Minor Over Rate Offence" while more than two overs constitutes a "Serious Over Rate Offence" in ODIs.

Previously, Dhoni was handed a two-match suspension for "Serious Over Rate Offence" in December, 2009.

This is the second suspension of the current Australian tour for Dhoni as he was banned for the Adelaide Test for slow over-rate in the Perth Test of the four-match series against the hosts.

Australia won the match by 110 runs after scoring 288/9 in 50 overs. India were bowled out for 178 in 43.3 overs.

As such, ICC match referee Andy Pycroft imposed a 40 per cent fine on Dhoni while each of his players received 20-per-cent fines, an ICC statement said.

As this was India"s second minor over-rate offence after it was fined for a slow over-rate in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on April 2, Dhoni has also been suspended from India"s next game on Tuesday against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Steve Davis and Billy Bowden, as well as third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Paul Reiffel.

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.

"At its meeting in June 2011 in Hong Kong, the ICC Executive Board had discussed the issue of slow over-rates and accepted the recommendation of the ICC Cricket Committee that a captain of an international side should be suspended for one match if his side is guilty of two minor over-rate offences in the same format over a 12-month period," ICC said in a statement.


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