England v South Africa, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 28, 2014

Du Plessis suspended for over-rate


Faf du Plessis will take no part in South Africa's final group stage match at the World T20, against England on Saturday, after he was suspended due to South Africa's slow over-rate against Netherlands.

It was their second sanction of the tournament. Du Plessis and the South African team were fined after their second group match against New Zealand in which they were deemed to be two overs short of the target. Du Plessis had to cough up 40% of his match fee with the rest of the team giving up 20% each and the captain was aware that if he used up too much time again, he would be forced to miss a match.

Against Netherlands, South Africa were found to be one overs behind the rate. South Africa defended totals on both occasions and used up time setting fields towards the end of the innings.

AB de Villiers will lead the team against England in his absence with the extra batsman in the squad, Farhaan Behardien will bat in the middle-order with JP Duminy likely to move up to du Plessis No.3 spot.

Du Plessis, who pleaded guilty, became the second player banned on Friday after Sri Lanka's captain Dinesh Chandimal was handed the same punishment for his team's over-rate against England. Meanwhile, England's captain Stuart Broad is flirting with the same - he was fined for a first offence and knows he is one more punishment away from a suspension.

This is not the first time South Africa have been without a first-choice captain for an over-rate offence. De Villiers was suspended for two ODIs in a series against New Zealand in early 2013.

De Villiers has had to step in twice during the group stage of the World T20. He led South Africa in their opener against Sri Lanka because du Plessis was nursing a hamstring injury. South Africa lost that match but won both the games that followed to leave them a victory away from a semi-final spot. If South Africa beat England on Saturday, they will be through to the final four.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • John on March 29, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    People are criticising here for taking action against teams for low over rates and yet in the very recent past others have been screaming for action to be taken against teams with low over rates in Test matches. It seems that it's wrong not to punish and it's also wrong to punish. I don't see anyone offering a third option. If fines were to work then they would have to be steep enough to make a difference. A portion of a match fee wouldn't be enough deterrent when the stakes are whether or not you were going to be knocked out of a world tournament. They would have to the entire match fee plus more to make people take notice. In that case though, there'd be people whinging about that being too harsh.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    As an England fan I think this is ridicules, SA are being punished for their lack of spinners. The Netherlands Vs SA games was a great advert for cricket and no supporter would feel short changed. I realize the need to fit T20 cricket into a three hour block for commercial reasons but its shouldn't determine team selection.

    On Stuart Board, If he isn't bowling his four overs (like the last game) then he isn't worth team selection. Keiswetter should come in and Morgan should captain they basically share the job due to injury now

  • RR on March 28, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Well he is a somewhat clueless captain. Only thing is another clueless one will take his place. ABDV

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    SA team..??? AMLA? what does he do in T20 ? Tsotsbe? What does he do in a pitch favors spinners. Funny SA team doesnt deserve to be in next stage. lol... Against netherlands .. No words to about teams effort. End of the topic hopeless...

  • Jay on March 28, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Faf is a useless player and captain. This could be SA's lucky break. AB is a much better leader and player. So SA wouldn't be too disappointed at this decision. But the question is, who will take the place of Du Plessis ?

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Now a days Cricket has really becoming ridiculous bcoz of foolish rules,oh Common players are humans not some robots in the field. You need to look at situation first rather than giving punishments to players. Then why don't the ICC apply some rules to the umpires bcoz they're also will make mistakes sometimes by giving poor decisions

  • current on March 28, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    In a T-20 limited overs match?? What's next - fining someone for bowling more overs?

  • Altaf on March 28, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Foolish rule.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    A change of England's captain will aid them. Broad is a poor captain and a worse bowler at T20 level. England's medium/fast bowlers regularly let them down by bowling far too many short pitched deliveries. Who ever thought Dernbach was an international level bowler needs psychiatric help. Things will only get worse at all levels the longer Giles has some input to the team.

  • Jay on March 28, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    I liked Faf in the field with his commitment. AB does not seem any where near being a good captain :(

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