West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, Barbados, 5th day July 3, 2011

Slow over-rate costs Dhoni 60% of match fee

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MS Dhoni has been fined 60% of his match fee, while the rest of the team lost 30% of their fees as India maintained a slow over-rate in the second Test against West Indies in Bridgetown. Match referee Chris Broad imposed the fines after ruling that India finished three overs short of their target.

The ICC code of conduct stipulates that the team's captain should be fined 20% of his match fee for every over the side fails to bowl, double what other players in the XI lose. Three offences in the same format of the game within a 12-month period will lead to an immediate suspension of the captain from the next match in that format.

This is Dhoni's second over-rate fine in Tests this year, having been docked 60% of his match fee after the Cape Town Test against South Africa in January. If he is pulled up one more time in any Test till the first week of January 2012, he will miss the subsequent Test India play.

The Barbados Test ended in a draw, after rain and then bad light held up play to leave India three wickets away from victory and West Indies 79 short of the target. India lead the series 1-0 with one Test remaining. The final Test starts in Dominica on July 6.

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  • Jaguar0205 on July 4, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    anyway, with the "happy-go-lucky" captain dhoni isn't doing anything with the bat, his time to step aside and hand over captaincy to the young blokes like gambhir. has come.. ganguly lost captaincy in the same lines ... dhonii doesn't put the dives when the ball's heading towards 1st slip (darren bravo could have been OUT had he caught the ball before it eventually fell short of old man dravid... dravis doesn't dive too....) only dark-side is we don't hv an alternative wicky...

  • saichander on July 4, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Let me honestly tell that cricket is a game of funny rules. Too much of conferences and confrontations in the middle of the pitch or game is literally going to take away the time. Time consciousness is time management and it needs to be planned given what ever may be the situation. This time it has effected a serious blow on the Indian caption and to the team. Strategic planning performed with time management is going to take things in perspective way. Planning and executing a given situation is also cost management. Dhoni should know this and at least implement this in the future games. One can improve only when he burns his finger.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 4, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Whatever it may be kudos to Dhoni for his brave action of declaration. It is was an achievable task for a good batting lineup. And Dhoni and Co. challenged WI. thats what required from an attacking captain.

  • Rahul_Paharia on July 4, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I hope the standards are the same in international cricket. In the past few years the Australians have also been behind the over rate on several occasions. Never heard of Ponting being fined. And lets not forget that the referee is Chris Broad, who has had a history of been anti-Indian. And btw, his son has been let off with a fine after abusing the umpires again. And they say India is the big bully of the cricket world.

  • sjitendran on July 4, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    I also remember Ricky Ponting lost a match/series in India because of this funny rule. He was forced to bowl lesser bowlers in the match. Pity Ponting. I do not know whether ICC wants results in a match or players to play mechanically without doing adjustments in their plan on field. No wonder crowd keeps dropping out of Test matches. If cricket loses popularity it is because of short-sight of people in power!

  • sjitendran on July 4, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    May be it is me. Odd considering the next series is with England and an engilsh match refree fining Dhoni so that with one more offense he could be benched for a match. If a team bowls oversshort it is mainly because of bowlers. Also somone commented thet Newzealand does not do this offense even with fast bowlers. Mat be that is why they are sitting low in ranking

  • stationmaster on July 4, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    This is EXACTLY what kills off crowd number from test cricket - slow over rates and umpires who have no interest in being pro-active towards the time, weather or state of the game. Why are the umpires never held accountable for taking tea breaks when the weather is fine, or taking forever to get players in the pitch. The rule book needs seriously updating. Plus 60% of a match fee isn;t enough, Dhoni will earn more than that from sponsor stickers on hi bat in one day. Time to get with the times. Slow over rates should be 60% of ALL the offending teams match fee.

  • sifter132 on July 3, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Lets not kid ourselves people. Dhoni is a real chain dragger when it comes to overrates. It's not any match referee's fault, it is Dhoni and his team's fault. Australia also drags the chain a bit, but they never play 2 spinners. New Zealand always seems to have a good overrate on the other hand, maybe Vettori needs to give the other captains a masterclass on how to keep the game going.

  • cricket_for_all on July 3, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Well this is laws of cricket and Dhoni must know this. But what will happen if the players like Trott batting and making slow run rate? To whom ICC is going to fine? lol!!!

  • gottalovetheraindance on July 3, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    i was expecting this., The Indian's dawdled a lot on the fifth day when they could not break the partnership btwn Shiv & Bravo

  • Jaguar0205 on July 4, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    anyway, with the "happy-go-lucky" captain dhoni isn't doing anything with the bat, his time to step aside and hand over captaincy to the young blokes like gambhir. has come.. ganguly lost captaincy in the same lines ... dhonii doesn't put the dives when the ball's heading towards 1st slip (darren bravo could have been OUT had he caught the ball before it eventually fell short of old man dravid... dravis doesn't dive too....) only dark-side is we don't hv an alternative wicky...

  • saichander on July 4, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Let me honestly tell that cricket is a game of funny rules. Too much of conferences and confrontations in the middle of the pitch or game is literally going to take away the time. Time consciousness is time management and it needs to be planned given what ever may be the situation. This time it has effected a serious blow on the Indian caption and to the team. Strategic planning performed with time management is going to take things in perspective way. Planning and executing a given situation is also cost management. Dhoni should know this and at least implement this in the future games. One can improve only when he burns his finger.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 4, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Whatever it may be kudos to Dhoni for his brave action of declaration. It is was an achievable task for a good batting lineup. And Dhoni and Co. challenged WI. thats what required from an attacking captain.

  • Rahul_Paharia on July 4, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I hope the standards are the same in international cricket. In the past few years the Australians have also been behind the over rate on several occasions. Never heard of Ponting being fined. And lets not forget that the referee is Chris Broad, who has had a history of been anti-Indian. And btw, his son has been let off with a fine after abusing the umpires again. And they say India is the big bully of the cricket world.

  • sjitendran on July 4, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    I also remember Ricky Ponting lost a match/series in India because of this funny rule. He was forced to bowl lesser bowlers in the match. Pity Ponting. I do not know whether ICC wants results in a match or players to play mechanically without doing adjustments in their plan on field. No wonder crowd keeps dropping out of Test matches. If cricket loses popularity it is because of short-sight of people in power!

  • sjitendran on July 4, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    May be it is me. Odd considering the next series is with England and an engilsh match refree fining Dhoni so that with one more offense he could be benched for a match. If a team bowls oversshort it is mainly because of bowlers. Also somone commented thet Newzealand does not do this offense even with fast bowlers. Mat be that is why they are sitting low in ranking

  • stationmaster on July 4, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    This is EXACTLY what kills off crowd number from test cricket - slow over rates and umpires who have no interest in being pro-active towards the time, weather or state of the game. Why are the umpires never held accountable for taking tea breaks when the weather is fine, or taking forever to get players in the pitch. The rule book needs seriously updating. Plus 60% of a match fee isn;t enough, Dhoni will earn more than that from sponsor stickers on hi bat in one day. Time to get with the times. Slow over rates should be 60% of ALL the offending teams match fee.

  • sifter132 on July 3, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Lets not kid ourselves people. Dhoni is a real chain dragger when it comes to overrates. It's not any match referee's fault, it is Dhoni and his team's fault. Australia also drags the chain a bit, but they never play 2 spinners. New Zealand always seems to have a good overrate on the other hand, maybe Vettori needs to give the other captains a masterclass on how to keep the game going.

  • cricket_for_all on July 3, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Well this is laws of cricket and Dhoni must know this. But what will happen if the players like Trott batting and making slow run rate? To whom ICC is going to fine? lol!!!

  • gottalovetheraindance on July 3, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    i was expecting this., The Indian's dawdled a lot on the fifth day when they could not break the partnership btwn Shiv & Bravo

  • Jayco on July 3, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    To all those criticising the fine, consider this. Wouldn't India have been better off trying to squeeze in as many overs as possible so they could push for the win?

  • CandidIndian on July 3, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    What happened to ''Honest Mistake'' theory of Mr Broad here?

  • Dashgar on July 3, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Don't know why people are so worked up, this has been a rule for years, I'm sure Dhoni isn't complaining. The Indians should put in more effort to keep up to the rate. It's always the same teams who fail in the over rate. I've never seen New Zealand fall behind, even when they have 3 quicks bowling most of their overs. It's all about discipline and India haven't historically been up to scratch.

  • Rahulbose on July 3, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Chris Broad fining some Indian is not even surprising anymore. Only puzzling thing is how he continues to be employed as match referee.

  • BlossElkins on July 3, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    The ICC is ever so adept at kneading the cash cow's nipples... it's all for a worthy cause though... the er, growth of the game...

  • gandabhai on July 3, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Mr Broad , If an Indian commits a mistake, I agree they should be punished 'appropriately' . My problem is that either in umpireing or match refereeing , India usually end up hard done by . The good thing is that people used to accept officialdom, NOW they are quistioning it .Beware guys like Harper & Broad , your incompetent days are numbered. Until ICC don't stamp out this biased attitude that has plagued us since i can remember , how can you expect BCCI to refrain from exerciseing its POWERFUL muscle ? From where i'm standing ,who cares if two wrongs don't make a right ?

  • RaghuRS on July 3, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    It should be other way...India should be fined for slow batting :))

  • bluecrystal on July 3, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    And who is going to fine the umpires, who made every effort to slow down the game on the last day? At one point, there was literally sunshine on the ground and the umpires were meeting up mid-pitch to discuss "bad light", wet outfield and what not. If the fielding side (India) had no issues with the wet outfield, why were the umpires so worked up over it? How much time was lost in all that? Dhoni is being penalised for the umpires' deeds. Had that time not been wasted, India might have won.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 3, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    60 % ? insane. Its probably ishants no balls that took time LOL. Any ways his sponsors will cover that cost and he probably doesnt need match fee at all.

  • EVH316 on July 3, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    I suppose this is interesting in a couple of ways. Firstly, that Dhoni could miss the 1st Test at Lords if he/India transgress again. Secondly, and more mischievously, one can`t help but notice that Chris Broad`s son has been fined 50% of his match fee for dissent. So, which is worse ICC? Apparently a slow over rate is 10% worse than arguing with the umpire...which I find odd. Over rates are terrible and I hardly think fining is the answer for either offence anyway - a day or match on the bench through suspension will sort out Broad`s problem, and as Geoff Boycott says, a run penalty for slow overs will resolve that.

  • pr3m on July 3, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Now Broad's just coming up with excuses to fine India. Maybe it's just me, but three overs short in a match that had a 100+ overs lost to rain doesn't seem right. Neither does 60%, but that's just me.

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  • pr3m on July 3, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Now Broad's just coming up with excuses to fine India. Maybe it's just me, but three overs short in a match that had a 100+ overs lost to rain doesn't seem right. Neither does 60%, but that's just me.

  • EVH316 on July 3, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    I suppose this is interesting in a couple of ways. Firstly, that Dhoni could miss the 1st Test at Lords if he/India transgress again. Secondly, and more mischievously, one can`t help but notice that Chris Broad`s son has been fined 50% of his match fee for dissent. So, which is worse ICC? Apparently a slow over rate is 10% worse than arguing with the umpire...which I find odd. Over rates are terrible and I hardly think fining is the answer for either offence anyway - a day or match on the bench through suspension will sort out Broad`s problem, and as Geoff Boycott says, a run penalty for slow overs will resolve that.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 3, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    60 % ? insane. Its probably ishants no balls that took time LOL. Any ways his sponsors will cover that cost and he probably doesnt need match fee at all.

  • bluecrystal on July 3, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    And who is going to fine the umpires, who made every effort to slow down the game on the last day? At one point, there was literally sunshine on the ground and the umpires were meeting up mid-pitch to discuss "bad light", wet outfield and what not. If the fielding side (India) had no issues with the wet outfield, why were the umpires so worked up over it? How much time was lost in all that? Dhoni is being penalised for the umpires' deeds. Had that time not been wasted, India might have won.

  • RaghuRS on July 3, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    It should be other way...India should be fined for slow batting :))

  • gandabhai on July 3, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Mr Broad , If an Indian commits a mistake, I agree they should be punished 'appropriately' . My problem is that either in umpireing or match refereeing , India usually end up hard done by . The good thing is that people used to accept officialdom, NOW they are quistioning it .Beware guys like Harper & Broad , your incompetent days are numbered. Until ICC don't stamp out this biased attitude that has plagued us since i can remember , how can you expect BCCI to refrain from exerciseing its POWERFUL muscle ? From where i'm standing ,who cares if two wrongs don't make a right ?

  • BlossElkins on July 3, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    The ICC is ever so adept at kneading the cash cow's nipples... it's all for a worthy cause though... the er, growth of the game...

  • Rahulbose on July 3, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Chris Broad fining some Indian is not even surprising anymore. Only puzzling thing is how he continues to be employed as match referee.

  • Dashgar on July 3, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Don't know why people are so worked up, this has been a rule for years, I'm sure Dhoni isn't complaining. The Indians should put in more effort to keep up to the rate. It's always the same teams who fail in the over rate. I've never seen New Zealand fall behind, even when they have 3 quicks bowling most of their overs. It's all about discipline and India haven't historically been up to scratch.

  • CandidIndian on July 3, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    What happened to ''Honest Mistake'' theory of Mr Broad here?