Dubai | The International Cricket Council (ICC) today penalised South Africa skipper AB De Villiers 20 per cent of his match fee for slow over-rate during his team’s 130-run humiliating loss to India at the ongoing World Cup in Melbourne yesterday.
The world body announced that match referee Jeff Crowe had fined De Villiers and the rest of the Proteas side for completing one over of India’s innings after the time allotted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
For every late over, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fee with captains fined double. It is the second time De Villiers has been penalised for a slow over-rate in the past 12 months, which would normally incur a one-match suspension, but he will not miss South Africa’s Pool B clash with West Indies in Sydney on Friday due to the ICC’s World Cup regulations.
For a captain to be suspended during an ICC event, he must commit two minor over-rate offences or one serious over rate offence during the event, a statement from the ICC read.
Therefore, if De Villiers is found guilty of one more minor over-rate offence during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 while acting as captain, he will receive a one-match suspension during the event.
If De Villiers doesn’t get another minor over-rate offence during the event, then he will miss the first one-day international post the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 as this is his second offence within a 12-month period, the world body added. The flamboyant batsman accepted the penalty, which meant there was no need for a disciplinary hearing.
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