International Cricket Council (ICC) Match Referee Clive Lloyd today announced that he has fined the Indian team for a slow over-rate during yesterday's VB Series match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (22 January).
Lloyd informed the Indian players and team management this evening that the side finished the game three overs short of the required rate.
Under the sanctions outlined in the ICC's Code of Conduct, each player receives a fine of five per cent of his match fee for each of the first five overs that the side is behind, whilst the captain receives a 10 per cent fine for each over that his team is down.
As such each Indian player has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee, with captain Sourav Ganguly receiving a 30 per cent fine.
Ganguly was also charged with a Level Two breach of the ICC's Code of Conduct which states: "if the over rate is more than 5 overs short of the minimum overs in a Test match or more than 2 overs in an ODI match, the captain in addition to sanctions imposed in accordance with (i) and (ii) will be charged under C1 of the Code of Conduct, conduct contrary to the spirit of the game, on the basis of time wasting. (Level 2 offence)." P 173 ICC Code of Conduct.
As a result of this charge, the Indian captain received an additional fine of 50 per cent of his match fee.