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Dwayne Bravo suspended for one match

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July 6, 2013

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Dwayne Bravo celebrates Upul Tharanga's wicket, West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Kingston, June 28, 2013
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Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies captain, has been suspended for one match after being fined a second time within 12 months for maintaining a slow over-rate. He will miss the crucial tri-series match against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

West Indies were ruled one over short of the target at the end of match against India in Port-of-Spain for which the match referee, Jeff Crowe, fined Bravo 20% of his match fee and his team members, 10% of their match fees.

"The captains were informed of their respective positions relating to over-rate breaches before the start of the series," Crowe said. "On Friday, the umpires had kept Dwayne [Bravo] informed throughout the innings about the position regarding over-rates, and more so when his side fell behind."

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Peter Nero, as well as third umpire Nigel Duguid and fourth umpire Joel Wilson, with Bravo pleading guilty.

It was the second such offence for Bravo after he was fined for a slow over-rate during the Champions Trophy match against South Africa on June 14.

Virat Kohli was also slapped with a similar fine after India's match against Sri Lanka in Kingston.

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Posted by ARIF3011 on (July 8, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

It has been observed that it is batsmen who always waste time for changing gloves, bats and having 'unofficial drinks break' during the innings. One over behind the time could be the result of something which Bravo wasn't part of! There must be a ruling as well that time wasted by batsmen must be taken as "Time-out" as they do in football and add to the time of the game!

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

this is not the rite way to do .match fees or 1 or 2 match ban is ok not for a month .

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

monetaty fine to captain/players as well as suspension for skipper is too harsh.as pointed out by several people, the slow over rate may be due to batting sides defaults also.hence raising the target or reducing batting overs for slow rated bowling side is proper punishment for the side.icc and all concerned should give a hought to this.bad luck bravo and co.

Posted by crikkfan on (July 7, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

it is a fair rule if implemented consistently. better than how it used to get implemented in the 90s. the reasoning behind this is that it is absolutely possible for a team to bowl 50 overs within the allotted time even if they have to use three fast bowlers and this has been demonstrated time and again by many teams. this rule takes more significance during test matches if teams can't bowl 90 overs within a day.

Posted by   on (July 7, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

This is absolutely ridiculous. Cricket is becoming like a law enforcement agency. Too many unwanted rules is clogging this once beautiful game. The umpires are more closely resembling police men, and the ICC are looking like the FBI. What's going on here ? This is a big blow for the WI. Bravo is a classic all-rounder who brings so much to the team. I remember MS Dhoni was once fined and suspended for a game due to slow over rate. Come on guys, when you have 3 fast bowlers in your team, things do slow down from time to time. We are human beings, not machines. Jeez.

Posted by   on (July 7, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Take this a lesson Mr. Bravo. I think you are doing a good job thus far.

Posted by   on (July 7, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Whatever it is but Rules are rules....

Posted by IPLSTARS on (July 7, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

Sammy - I believe is the most under-rated player in the current lineup, he is better captain than bravo. Selectors were experimenting with bravo just because he is part of MSD's Superkings Team. Shiv Chanderpaul should be playing in the current line up, he adds more experience to the middle order which is lacking with the current team. And Charles should be keeping instead of Ramdin.

My Team XI: Charles (Wk), Gayle, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sammy (c), Roach, Rampaul, Narine

All the best WI...

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (July 6, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

They put Pollard to captain and he can't even make the side. Hopefully he'll pass 3 runs this game. Sammy is much better.

Posted by symsun on (July 6, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

in the 90's, we had a rule like if a team bowling 1st has slow over rate, then the target will be increased. And if we have slow over rate in the 2nd innings then the captain is fined. To prevent the later's benefits, icc had changed the rule.

Posted by bbnn on (July 6, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

The slow over rate is due to the extra deliveries bowled by WI bowlers about 2 overs bowled exta becuase of wides, but still i feel bit harsh from ICC No problem ithink Pollard is a better capatain than Bravo I wish DR smith in place DS Smitha

Posted by   on (July 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

This gives a huge advantage to sides which have a majority of spin bowlers, doesn't it? Fast bowlers now need to RUN to the outfield and then RUN in to bowl to maintain the over rate. Very unfair on the fast bowlers. Also, I would think that rules like this should be used with disgression, not apply uniformly. I watched the match and I didn't see Bravo's men deliberately lollygagging about. Did anybody else think that the team were deliberately wasting time?

Posted by fhaniffmd on (July 6, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

1. Where there is absolutely no evidence of "dawdling", or even 20 Overs more would possible have mad no difference to the outcome of the game, this repugnant"habit" of "docking ' players' earnings, or by further hampering their livelihood by suspending them from playing, is immoral, arbitrary, and downright NOT in the SPIRIT of the game.

2. Man frequently mandates and sanctions legal behavior that is unjust, and dictatorial. A bad law is worse than no law at all; this one cries out to be expunged. 3. Cricketers have long been grossly underpaid-if paid at all. Now that they are earning a few dollars-at the expense of leaving their homes and their families for long periods of time. it is shameful to see how many are casting covetous eyes at them,and in consequence want to "shake them down". 4. That's all it is; there is no merit in this rapacious law.Let us put it where it belongs, along with those who uphold it so gleefully; in the dunghill. Sincerely, Dr Frank A HANIFF,MD

Posted by everfaithful77 on (July 6, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

I agree with most of the comments thus far. Suspending a CAPTAIN for one match because of one over slow is ridiculous. Maybe 3 or more but one over below the requirement in 3 1/2 hours just does not make sense. As indicated in other comments the frequent requests for water and other things by the batting side takes up several minutes. Does the umpire operate a STOP-CLOCK to ensure that this time is given back to the fielding side. The ICC needs to find alternative and more objective ways to keep teams in line with the over-rate required. Eg A benchmark of 3 slow overs per inning can be set after taking into consideration ACTUAL time lost to water breaks etc. Also an AGGREGATE of slow overs in a series or tournament can be applied so the suspension can be enforced if you have a total of 3 slow overs in 2 or 3 matches. This is similar to a one match suspension in FOOTBALL due to a total of 2 yellow cards in consecutive matches. In that way the punishment would not seem FRIVOLOUS.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

For all the Folks who commented above considering waste of time by batsman .,etc , As per the rules before imposing any kind of penality on any player , match refree along with the on field umpires will review everything , to see all kinds of time lost during the game wether by the batsman or by the fielding team and then they will come to a conclusion on who gets penalized . They will not just say Bravo is at fault . Common friends its an International game , they follow standards , Also if u remember Dhoni was fined and was suspended before a critical game with SL 2 yrs back . its all part & parcel of the game

Posted by   on (July 6, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

@possedoc Such unscheduled drink breaks, searching for balls lost in the crowd / stands/ change of ball, injury time etc are taken into account before calculating the shortfall. So, your observation is not quite accurate.

But I am dead against the very concept of suspending the captain for such an event. I wonder how captains of teams playing five fast bowlers are going to cope with this ridiculous punishment!

ICC say that fine is not having much effect any more. But the remedy defies logic. They can come up with docking runs, for example. That will perhaps have greater effect than even fine.

As a senior colleague of mine in the faculty of of a top notch B school in India used to say, in his inimitable style, "Pain in brain can't be cured by applying jelly on the belly"

Posted by   on (July 6, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

too many rules are in cricket these days what about the batsman that spend time in the middle calling for water and taking there own time to get back in position that the bowlers could start there action again.

Posted by possedoc on (July 6, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

This is a bit unfair, although I would admit the overrate was slow, was at the match, no less than 10 times the Indian batsmen requested water from the dressing room. Each time this took 30 seconds, which added up to 5 minutes or 1 over. This should be taken into consideration, for if captains are going to be fined like this, taking into consideration there are 3 official water breaks, they should protest to the umpires when batsmen hold up play outside of this ,asking for water.

Posted by zorrotsongo on (July 6, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

Teams like WI unable to control over rate because they have fast bowlers fill the squad. Certain things under the control of captains, say field settings, interaction with bowlers and bowlers change definitely would take time consuming. Therefore, ICC should not slap on penalty instead allow captain to play as a player not a captain in next match or within the series. It would prevent the team losing of key player in a crucial encounter. Single player makes the difference in any circumstances.

Posted by fridge87 on (July 6, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

I would still want to see a player reprimanded for not walking after edging a ball if a player can lose his entire match fee and two matches for claiming a drop catch( not justifying his actions) only fair a clear edge should be punished equally when the batsman stands his ground. Suspending a player 1 match for being 1 over slow in addition to a fine is in my opinion ridiculous

Posted by   on (July 6, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Are there not better ways for reflecting / "punishing" for slower over rate? Than banning / suspending the Captain for one match? Or, for that matter, any player?

Posted by   on (July 6, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

What sense does it make to suspend the captain if bowlers are unable to bowl within time? The ICC should look into this and try to find an alternative solution. This kind of punishment is totally unfair on the captain. Eg- If a team consists of 5 fast bowlers, theres hardly any chance that the team will complete 50 overs within 3 hr 30 mins. So will you suspend the captain for every match?

Posted by   on (July 6, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

just one over..too harsh..

Posted by PACERONE on (July 6, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

One over short in a match that was shortened is ridiculous.In a test match the captains can come to an agreement to end a game early,so this has nothing to do with spectators.Trott spends more than the allotted time a batsman has to face a ball and nothing is done.

Posted by Balb on (July 6, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Dwayne is not ready for such responsibility as WI captain. West Indies cricket was on an upper movement, but they continue to make poor decision. As such, team building will fall.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

now he must have understood that time is precious ....for missing the crucial match

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