England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval August 18, 2014

Dhoni fined for slow over-rate

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni and India have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Oval Test. Dhoni has been fined 60% of his match fee, and the rest of his team 30%, after they were ruled to be three overs short when time allowances were taken into consideration. If Dhoni is found guilty of another such offence in Tests over the next 12 months, he will receive a one-match suspension.

The ICC code of conduct stipulates that the team's captain should be fined 10% of his match fee for every over the side fails to bowl, double what other players in the XI lose.

Dhoni has got into trouble for over-rate breaches playing away from home in the past. During the 2012 tour of Australia, he was suspended from taking part in the fourth Test in Adelaide due to a slow over-rate in the previous Test in Perth. He had been on notice after India were found short in Barbados in June-July 2011. He had also been docked 60% of his match fee after the Cape Town Test against South Africa in 2011.

India bowled 116.3 overs - 95 of them by seamers - in 535 minutes in the Oval Test during which England went on to score 486 runs, which was enough for them to register an innings and 244 runs win.

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  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Am I the only one who doesn't care at all about over-rates? As a fan I actually LIKE the fact that the game lasts longer (due to slower over rates). Obviously if someone slows things down to try to prevent someone winning that's different, but in terms of general play I am not suffering because 12 overs are bowled each hour rather than 15.

    Maybe it's just that the journalists and officials are annoyed that they have to work overtime?

  • John on August 18, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @CricketChat ,rubbing salt into the wound has absolutely nothing to do with the punishment handed out for abysmal over rates.It is all down to the Paying Spectators being seen off because 90 overs cannot be bowled in a day by Test Match Standard bowlers. @jmcilhinney,India were bowled out in under a day,they were given a total of overs to be bowled in the remainder of the day,surely if they were 7 short then that is their problem for wasting time which again the paying spectators has no recourse to obtain a rebate for payment paid against actual play taken place.

  • Debajit on August 18, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Someone replaced Dhawan with Gambhir because the former was playing 25-30 run innings and the replacement scored 25 in four innings.

  • Steve on August 18, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Rubbing salt into wounds. Don't see any logic fining a team when the match finished well under 3 days. May be ICC is trying to recover part of the gate proceeds they lost in the last 2 tests where 4 playing days were lost. And it's India's fault they couldn't even last into the 5th day.

  • John on August 18, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    A correct decision,and it doesn't matter who the team are,Test Match Tickets are expensive enough and the paying spectators are well within their rights to expect and demand that 90 overs are bowled in the day.Test Teams these days appear to think that the extra half hour tacked on to the end of each day is all part and parcel of the playing day and any overs not completed are lost and no refund for the Paying Spectators.On the 5th day of a Test Match 90 overs are bowled irrespective of time taken,therefore what is the problem of doing this on Days 1 to 4.If the fielding side have to spend 3 to 4 hours in the field it might concentrate their minds to get a move on.We have the sight of the game seemingly forever in a state no action with the umpires seemingly doing nothing to stop this problem.This appears to be a world wide problem and fines do not seem worry the players,perhaps a runs per over penalty could be introduced, e.g.6 runs per over short.

  • Android on August 18, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Good luck team India for one dayers

  • John on August 18, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    It was my understanding that seven overs were lost on day one so, if India were three overs short, that suggests that England were short too. Unless they made those overs up in India's second innings, which seems unlikely in such a short innings, you'd think that Cook should be getting a tap on the shoulder too. England's over-rate got better after Cook's last warning, which proves that they are capable of keeping up a decent level. Maybe the shortfall was because of all the wickets that fell. I do hope so because Cook will be getting suspended for a match if England are found to be short too. If he does get suspended, I'm not sure whether it has to be for a Test match, which would be a while away, or just the next game(s) he scheduled to play, which would be the India ODIs. It might be interesting to see what England would do if Cook had to miss an ODI or two.

  • Vijay on August 18, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    what a joke.... how about all the time his side saved by ending the test match in 2.5 days?

  • Daud on August 18, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Lol, things just keep getting worse and worse for Dhoni and team India.

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