Windies have been fined for maintaining a slow over rate in the second Test against New Zealand, following their 240-run defeat at Hamilton on Tuesday (December 12). This is the second straight game in which Windies have been found wanting with their over rate. They were fined, and captain Jason Holder suspended, after being found three overs short in the first Test.
The stand-in captain, Kraigg Brathwaite has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 20 per cent fines, the ICC confirmed.
Windies’ problems with slow over rate isn’t a new one. Their regular captain Holder was suspended for the second Test owing to his team’s poor over-rate during the first Test in Wellington that the hosts won by an innings and 67 runs.
Apart from his forced absence, the all-rounder was also fined 60 per cent of his match fee, while his teammates had to forgo 30 per cent of theirs.
Brathwaite took over as captain for the second Test, which saw New Zealand wrap up the two-Test series 2-0, but the result nor the over-rate took a turn for the better. The visitors were found two overs short of their target, as they slumped to a loss on the fourth day.
Match referee, Chris Broad ruled that the visitors were two overs short of their target, and hence imposed the fines. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to 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.
Brathwaite pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing, the ICC added. If Brathwaite, as captain, is found guilty of slow over rate again within a 12-month period, he would have to cop a one-match ban too.