South Africa fined for slow over-rate in Barbados – ICC Twenty20 Cricket Update

The South Africa team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during its 13-run victory over New Zealand in its Super Eight stage match in the ICC World Twenty20 2010 at Kensington Oval, Barbados, on Thursday.

ZA-NZ-027Alan Hurst of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fines after Graeme Smith’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with the 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, Smith was fined 20 per cent of his match fee while his players received 10-per-cent fines. If Smith, as captain, is guilty of two further similar over-rate offences in T20Is over the next 12 months, he will receive a one-match suspension as per the provisions of the code.

The offence is contrary to Article 2.5.1 of the code which relates to minor over-rate offences. The penalty was accepted by South Africa without contest so there was no need for a hearing.

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