ICC bans Collingwood for 4 ODIs

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Dubai, Jun 26 (UNI) England captain Paul Collingwood has received a four-match ban following his side's failure to bowl its overs within the required time during the match against New Zealand at The Oval, London.

As a result, Collingwood will miss the final ODI of the current series against New Zealand, the ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh on August 18, the Twenty20 International against South Africa on August 20 at Chester-le-Street and the first ODI of the seven-match series against the Proteas, on August 22 at Leeds.

The player met ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath this afternoon where his punishment was determined.

His punishment was lifted from Level 2 to Level 3 because of repeat offence within 12 months. A four-ODI or two-Test ban is the minimum punishment allowable under the Level 3 grade.

The regulations also state that players shall be docked five per cent of their match fees for every over short of the required mark, with the captain being fined double.

As such, each England player was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for the deficit but Collingwood escapes a financial penalty as his punishment has come in the form of the ban instead.

The offence under which Collingwood was charged is contained within section J 5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Officials which relates to slow over-rates.

Yesterday, England was ruled to be three overs short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

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