Pakistan v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Lahore April 17, 2008

Bangladesh fined for slow over-rate

Cricinfo staff


Shahriar Nafees was reprimanded by match referee Mike Procter © TigerCricket.com
 

The Bangladesh players have been fined five percent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third ODI against Pakistan in Lahore. Mike Procter, the match referee, also reprimanded Shahriar Nafees, the Bangladesh batsman, for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.

Bangladesh were found to be one over short of the target after taking time allowances into consideration. Players are docked five percent for every over their team fails to complete within the alloted time and captains are penalised double, resulting in a ten percent cut in the match fee for Mohammad Ashraful.

Nafees was found guilty of breaching clause 1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings." Nafees kicked and damaged an advertising hoarding after a misfield, but was let off with only a reprimand.

"It was Shahriar's third misfield in the innings and he was obviously frustrated as it was a crucial game because Bangladesh was playing to stay alive in the series," Procter said. "But it is not the sort of example that players should be setting at any time. Shahriar pleaded guilty, apologised for the incident and promised not to repeat it again."

All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50% of a player's match fee.

Nafees had scored a duck in that match, and was dropped in the subsequent game in Multan. Pakistan lead the series 4-0.

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