Cape Town - The Proteas have been fined for maintaining a
slow over-rate during their victory in the opening game of the ODI series
against India at Kanpur on Sunday.
Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match
Referees imposed the fine after AB de Villiers’ men were ruled to be two overs
short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.
In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct
for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences,
players are fined 10 percent 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, De Villiers was fined 40 percent of his match fee,
while his players received 20 percent fines.
The Proteas captain had previously been found guilty of
minor over-rate offences on two occasions in the past 12 months (in Perth in
November 2014 and during the 2015 Cricket World Cup), and served a one-match
suspension during the first ODI against Bangladesh in July.
Consequently, the note in 4.2 of Appendix 2 of the Code now
applies and this is deemed to be a first offence for the purpose of penalty.
If the South Africans commit another minor over rate breach
in ODIs within 12 months of this offence with De Villiers as captain, it will
be deemed a second offence by De Villiers and he will again face a suspension.
De Villiers pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the
proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Aleem Dar, from the
Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, and Vineet Kulkarni, third umpire
Chettithody Shamshuddin and fourth umpire Anil Dandekar.