Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day June 24, 2012

Don't ban captains for slow over-rate - Whatmore


Dav Whatmore, the Pakistan coach, has criticised the ICC's decision to ban the captain Misbah-ul-Haq from the Galle Test because of an over-rate offence committed during the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo earlier this week. Whatmore suggested that instead of banning a player, a better alternative would be to impose penalties during the match in which the offence was committed, rather than let the punishment affect the next game.

"I find it very difficult to understand why a good player, a captain, is barred from playing," Whatmore said after the third day in Galle. "I know there's rules with it. People want to see the best teams participating, particularly in Test matches where there is some discussion on the popularity of it. You want your best players playing all the time. I think we need to reassess and revisit that."

During the fifth ODI, Pakistan were found to be three overs short of their target even after time allowances were taken into consideration. As this was Pakistan's first serious over-rate offence in the past 12 months, the match referee Chris Broad handed Misbah two suspension points while each of his players received a 40% fine. It meant Misbah had to sit out the Galle Test, since suspension points are to be applied to the subsequent international matches in which Misbah was most likely to participate on a chronological basis immediately following the announcement of the decision.

Misbah was replaced by Mohammad Hafeez as captain, and his place in the side went to a debutant, Mohammad Ayub. In Misbah's absence, Pakistan struggled in response to Sri Lanka's 472 and were bowled out for 100. They are 36 for 3 in the second innings, chasing 510 for victory.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on June 26, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    bad luck misbah better luck in next match!!!

  • K-ABBAS on June 25, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    I'm Agreed with "khurramsch " ODI penalty should get ban on ODI. Misbah in this situation, condition and against spinners like Hearath and Randiv would be different result.

  • sabee66 on June 25, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Doesn't surprise me as Chris broad is the match

  • tfjones1978 on June 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    I agree with the coach that banning a captain is a silly idea and does not prevent the captain from doing it. Say if it was the final match of Test World Cup 2017 and the next match was say against Bangladesh or Zimbarbwe (or a new test team). If you were captain and were loosing the match in which if the time ran out you would win the Test World Cup, wouldnt you just play hooky and slow down the match where ever you can! The alternative is in match penality. At the END of each SESSION if the match referee deems that Team X through invalid delays caused an insufficient number of overs bowled then Team Y is awarded a bonus. If Team Y was batting then they get 150% of their run rate of that session. If Team Y is bowling then Team X is deducted runs at 150% of their run rate of that session (and the umpires should be reminded to warn batsmen to face up within a reasonable amount of time or be dismissed for failure to face up). Penality for on-field delays should be in match consequences!

  • khurramsch on June 25, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    guys have you notices picture? misbah is bowling???????

  • khurramsch on June 25, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    12 wrong decisions ( 9 vs pak 3 vs SL ) in just 3 days very poor & it makes more poor when they came from 2 very experienced elite panel umpires. Icc should take notice to this. & yes agree if SL has it for england home series why not for here? ok if technology is expensive, they could still allow reviews as in this match most of decsions can be rectify by simple replay. or icc should allow 3rd umpire to overturn simple once by simple replays on spot. you want on time finish or right decision? & there should b a ranking system for umpires , each bad decision to minus some points & after certain limit remove them from elite pannel.

  • khurramsch on June 25, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    banning is ok for me but odi penalty should get ban on odi not other formats & same with other formats. bad umpiring + no misbah was crucial but very poor batting performance from pak & some how i feel that hafez is not ready to be captain of tests. his batting form gone since captain or vice captain.toufeq last played in feb vs eng & failed. younas not in form as well. this test is lost but thy should try to spend time & get some form now.

  • cricfan68305417 on June 25, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Misbah playing this match would not have changed the result, only maybe take longer for SL to win. I do have to agree with Whatmore on what he's saying though. Penalties should be given in that particular match. This can be done if the team bowling 1st is short of the particular number of overs. Then they would maybe have to chase in a lesser number of overs, however, I don't know what can be done in an ODI when the team bowling 2nd is short of the overs. Then I guess fining them is the way to go.

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    This rule has been in place for some time. This is like so many cases where people don't have anything to say about a rule until it directly affects them, at which time they are suddenly against it. Low over rates is a serious issue in Test cricket. The fact that Whatmore has something to say about it now indicates that this penalty has hurt and therefore Pakistan may be less likely to commit a similar offence again. I'm not picking on Pakistan either. All teams, including my own England, are guilty of poor over rates at times and I'm pleased to see the ICC making a real effort to do something about it. Let's hope that it doesn't get to the stage of the umpires having to try to force bowling teams to get on with it on the field. I'd be disappointed if England were to suffer a similar fate but, if they do, they will deserve it.

  • Udendra on June 25, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @ProdigyB: ha ha lol, well said!

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