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

Slow over-rate costs Dhoni 60% of match fee

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Nandakumar 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...

  • Saisudha 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.

  • Manesh 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 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.

  • Saradha 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!

  • Saradha 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

  • Giles 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.

  • David 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.

  • Moha 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!!!

  • giovaughn 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

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