India, Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rates

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Dubai, Feb 20 (UNI) India and Sri Lanka have been fined for slow over-rates during their Commonwealth Bank Series match in Adelaide by ICC Match Referee Jeff Crowe.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side was ruled to be one over and the Lankans were found to be two overs short of their targets when time allowances were taken into consideration yesterday.

The offence is contrary to Section J of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to slow over-rates. For such offences, the decision of the ICC match referee is final and binding.

Commenting on his decision, Mr Crowe said,''The over-rates for all teams in this series so far have been pedestrian at times with teams failing to complete their full quota of overs in the stipulated time on several occasions.'' ''Allowances and early finishes have meant players have been fortunate to escape fines in previous matches and this is an area that all the sides need to give further attention to and improve upon,'' he added.

''I will also talk to all the teams in the series before their next matches to remind them of their responsibilities.'' In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing over-rate penalties, players are fined five 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.

Dhoni was fined 10 per cent of his match fee with each of his players receiving five per cent fines.

Jayawardena was fined 20 per cent of his his fees by the match referee and each of his players received 10 per cent fines.

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