ODI Global Cup 2023: Pakistani cricketers penalized 20% of match fee for slow over-rate against South Africa

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Pakistani cricketers have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against South Africa in a Global Cup league game which they lost by a solitary wicket.

“Match Referee Richie Richardson imposed the penalty after Babar Azam’s team was deemed to be four overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration,” said an ICC media release.

In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC’s ‘Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel’, which pertains to minimum over-rate offences, cricketers are fined five per cent of their match fee for every over their team fails to bowl in the allotted time.

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Pakistan captain Babar pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed penalty, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Alex Wharf and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Richard Kettleborough leveled the accusation.

Pakistan has lost four of its six games and is essentially out of contention for a Global Cup semifinal spot.

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