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April 7, 2008
Chris Gayle, the West Indies captain, has been docked 70% of his match fee after his side failed to meet the minimum over-rate requirements during the second Test against Sri Lanka in Trinidad.
Gayle, after a hearing with match referee Chris Broad, was fined on the basis of having breached Level 2.11 of the ICC's Code of Conduct regulation relating to the "failure by a captain to ensure that his team meets the minimum over-rate requirements."
The rest of Gayle's team-mates were each fined 35% of their match fee for the same offence, as West Indies were found to have bowled six overs short of the required over-rate.
"During the hearing, neither the captain, coach nor manager was able to persuade me that the shortfall in overs was beyond their control or that the allowances permitted to teams by the match officials were not appropriate," Broad said.
"I saw very little evidence that the West Indies team, after learning of their slow over-rate predicament, actually tried to speed things up. Therefore, they left me with little option but to enact this penalty," he said.
Gayle has the right to contest the verdict, and must do within 24 hours of receiving the same by lodging an appeal in writing with the ICC's legal counsel.
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