Australia v India, CB series, Brisbane February 19, 2012

Dhoni suspended for one ODI due to slow over-rate

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni has been suspended for one ODI and India fined for the team's second over-rate breach in ODIs in less than a year. India were found to be two overs short during their 110-run defeat against Australia in Brisbane, after time allowances were taken into consideration. Match referee Andy Pycroft also fined Dhoni 40% of his match fee and the team's other players were fined 20% each.

This was India's second over-rate breach this tour. Dhoni was suspended from the Adelaide Test earlier this year for a slow over-rate in the previous game in Perth, where India had gone in with four fast bowlers. Today, at the Gabba, the visitors played four seamers again. Ravindra Jadeja's left-arm spin was not employed in the game, prompted, as Dhoni said, by the presence of several left-handers in the Australian side, though it could have improved the over-rate if used.

The latest suspension is a consequence of two "minor" over-rate offences in ODIs within a year- the first one being during the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai. The grounds for the decision to take such an action against any guilty captain were laid at the ICC's annual conference in Hong Kong last year where harsher penalties were called for against teams failing to meet their over-rate targets.

"At its meeting in June 2011 in Hong Kong, the ICC Executive Board had discussed the issue of slow over-rates and accepted the recommendation of the ICC Cricket Committee that a captain of an international side should be suspended for one match if his side is guilty of two minor over-rate offences in the same format over a 12-month period," the ICC said.

A 'Minor Over-Rate Offence' is when a side is found to be upto two overs short in an ODI or a T20I and upto five overs short in a Test.

The on-field umpires Steve Davies and Billy Bowden, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Paul Reiffel laid the charge, to which Dhoni plead guilty and accepted the suspension. "Dhoni also acknowledged that he had been kept informed of the position regarding over-rates on a regular basis throughout the match and therefore accepted the decision," the ICC release stated.

Dhoni was suspended for slow over-rates more than years ago as well. He had to sit out of two ODIs during a home series against Sri Lanka, as a result of which Virender Sehwag had to take over. India will now take on Sri Lanka on February 21 without Dhoni, their most consistent batsman this series with scores of 44*, 58* and 56 in his last three appearances.

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  • Manesh on February 21, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    SL fan's wanted to ban Dhoni for life time because he won the WC for India by thrashing their ego!

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    How many chance will given to SACHIN TENDULKAR? He playing Every Ten matches, Only one severl match playing with fifty. No body like this He Must retired atleast from ODI

  • Manesh on February 21, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    @JoeDeS...oh... India's WC win still not if it was the case (47 overs), India could have win at 45th over!

  • RAJEEV on February 21, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Poor performance again by India

  • Sunil on February 21, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Dhoni has been India's most consistent player in the series and being the captain he should have been more careful with over rate.

  • Sunil on February 21, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    I have high regards for Dhoni as player, captain and for the nice person he seems to be. But I would disagree with many who think it's unfair. It's totally fair. Dhoni and Indian team should have known they are way below over rate and should have shown some urgency. Even the commentators were repeatedly talking about it. Indian team and BBCI could be rich but I am sorry to say they are not above rules. Before penalizing Dhoni the time wasted for no fault of India team was reviewed. I know it does not matter for Dhoni and Indian team memebers that their match fee was reduced but they should have known Dhoni was penalized for similar offece earlier also. I feel bad as Indian supporter for our captain & team for letting us down again. Anyway all the best to Dhoni & Indian team to pay harder and win the series for them and for lots of supporters like us. You can do it India!

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Poor Dhoni....Not only he was massacred in the Aussie match, and has been banned from playing the most important match of the tournament too.How can he bowl 50 overs in time when he was given players who take half an hour to move from Extracover to Silly mid-off.Initially Aussies put him onto the frying pan and now ICC has pushed him into the fire.Sorry mate .Our feelings are with you...

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    this team management is flawed!!!! !!!! there s something wrong with the team management!!!!!Guys India have performed well with this same team in south africa, were India usually gets nightmare!!!! why cant they repeat that,aussies and english not as good as steyn and morkel

  • Uma on February 20, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Rotation no more for this match SIVA RATRI is good day for sachin.2003 world cup vs PAK a great 97 runs.How can we forget that..

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Dhoni has built himself a reputation as Mr. Slow-over-rate, lol.

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