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Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup 2011, Colombo

Pakistan fined for slow over-rate

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February 27, 2011

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Shahid Afridi roars in celebration, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup, Group A, Colombo, February 26, 2011
Shahid Afridi was fined 20% of his match fee due to Pakistan's slow over-rate in Colombo © AFP
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Shahid Afridi has been fined 20% of his match fee and the rest of the Pakistan team 10% of theirs for a slow over-rate during their 11-run win against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday. They were adjudged to be one over short of their target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. They were no major delays in Sri Lanka's innings, with Pakistan asking for their two allotted reviews.

In accordance with the ICC code of conduct, players are fined 10% of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. The penalty was accepted by Pakistan without contest so there was no need for a hearing.

Pakistan successfully defended 277 at the R Premadasa Stadium, giving them their second victory of the tournament. Their fast bowlers went through 24 overs of the 50, with Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul, who both have long run-ups, combining for 19. Also, the game was headed for a close finish with Nuwan Kulasekara playing a cameo in the end for Sri Lanka, prompting several discussions over field settings.

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Comments: 16 
Posted by pakwin on (February 28, 2011, 22:50 GMT)

who cares if they are fined.my real name is ahsan imtiaz. we won anyway

Posted by K-amps on (February 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

Pak is playing with an extra all rounder or 2. We need specialists... Bring in Junaid for Razzak, Bring in Imran Nazir for Hafeez.

I know... Nazir does not inspire much confidence, but looking at hafeez's attitude and brainless run outs, Nazir looks like a rock star. If you look at the ODI batting index for both Batting average x Strike rate, then hafeez is 14.56. Nazir is a 19.93! Case closed.

Posted by SaudSami on (February 28, 2011, 10:40 GMT)

PCB should assure the players that it will pick up the tab if the team wins the game. take all the time you need.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

@Kabir Awadhi: what does wasim agree with? We know he disapproves of Afridi's eating the bowlers' heads. But you haven't specified. Im sure wasim doesn't call afridi a "brainless bowler." @Shariq Babar: Let me tell you that Imran Khan (and possibly wasim) considers Abdurrazzaq as the weakest link in the attack. He says he is under-utlilized but most would agree that its better to push him up the batting order rather than make him bowl more. He can be very economical but most captains wouldn't open the attack with him, which Afridi does. If that means Afridi is jealous of him, I really don't know what to say. As a batsman, afridi may have reason to be jealous of him but afridi insists he's a bowler. As a bowler, I don't see the rivalry between a spinner and a pacer.

Posted by qrk1882 on (February 28, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

yeag he did show his watch to shoaib, i knew at that very moment .. he wanted to save his money... no wrong in that...

Posted by   on (February 28, 2011, 2:52 GMT)

C'mon its alright .. its all part of the game not a front page news ..

Posted by   on (February 27, 2011, 23:32 GMT)

If Afridi thinks he is a better bowler how come he is coming before razzaq? Let me make some thing clear afridi and waqar that razzaq is a match winner afridi is not. Afridi is just jealous of razzaq why hafeez got 49th over when razzaq had 5 more to go? hate u afridi if you play with this mentality we will be out in quarter final. PCB next time make a smart and confident captain for world cup rather then poor coach and captain. Razzaq shoudl bat at number 3 and afridi deserves to bat after GUl.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2011, 22:31 GMT)

PLZZ GAG AFRIDI, afridi was alwaz chirpy,but a captain needs to speak his teamates or show bad gestures only when necassary, umar gul, d only spearhead of pak bowling{y saeed ajmal another match winner is ignored yet} umar guls off days is cuz of afridi eating his brain out while bowling everybody knows if ur captain shouts curse u on ground when u do something wrong,how much it effects ur game afridi himself is a brainless bowler,as he finishis his over in less then 60 seconds,but d fast bowlers needs to think analysis d situation,which bowl to bowl next,motivate urself, but not a short lecture by afridi after every ball,even wasim akaram agrees with me

Posted by sharprider on (February 27, 2011, 21:22 GMT)

The percentage of "infraction" was only 2% (1 of 50 overs), which, from my point of view is absolutely RIDICULOUS, and should have been viewed as such by the ICC, But, unfortunately, they chose to look at it differently even though, I suppose, Sri Lanka, or any other team, would not have even taken a notice of, let alone any objection to. So, it is the doing of the ICC, which is always game to target the Pakistani team. In an earler match played by the Proteas, they had 'escaped' this penalty because of the fact that the opposition had been 'bowled out', despite the fact that they had a slow over rate as well. Pakistan's slow bowlers had cosumed more than 50% of the allotted 50 overs, which should have been given due consideration in the overall analysis. Some of the teams are more dependent on their pace bowlers coupled with the fact that it is really hot out there in the sub-continent at this time of the year. All these factors should have been kept in mind for an equitable solution.

Posted by x2dazee on (February 27, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

113 Sri Lanka's recommended this !

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