The South African team received fine from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for maintaining slow over-rate in the fourth ODI against India in Johannesburg. It was the ICC referee Andy Pycroft who imposed the fine on the Proteas in the Pink ODI when the time allowances were taken into consideration and the Aiden Markram led side was found to be one over short.
South Africa won the fourth ODI against India by 5 wickets and kept the six-match series alive. India is leading the series with a 3-1 score.
According to the Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, players of a team are fined 10% while the captain is fined 20% for every over the team falls short on within the allotted time frame. The Article deals with the minor over-rate offenses. Following the rule, Aiden Markram was fined 20% of his match fee while the rest of the South African players were fined with 10% fine.
It might be a minor fine and the over-rate breach but if the South African team repeats the same mistake in the next 12 months the consequences will be severe for Markram. As per the rule, if a team commits two over-rate offenses under the same Captain within a span of 12 months, the captain faces suspension.
No formal hearing for the issue was needed as Markram accepted the fine at the end of the match and the charge was leveled by the on-field umpires Bongani Jele and Aleem Dar, 3rd umpire Iam Gould and 4th umpire Shaun George.
After losing the fourth ODI that halted India’s successful progression, the fifth ODI will be played at Port Elizabeth where the men in Blue will try to draw the series in their favor with a win.