By BV Swagath
Virat Kohli, who led India officially for the first time in the Tri-Series match against Sri Lanka at Jamaica, has been fined 20% of his match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate. India despite using 21 overs of spin couldn’t complete 50 overs in three and a half hours. The reason was obvious with the Sri Lankan openers Mahela Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga putting up a massive stand to demoralize them. India lost control completely during the last 16 overs which went for 180 runs.
While Kohli got 20% fine being the Captain, the rest of his team mates were fined 10% by the ICC Match Referee Jeff Crowe from New Zealand. After making all the calculations keeping in mind the various allowances, it was found that Kohli’s team was short of just the one over.
An ICC statement on the issue goes on to say that “In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, and in particular the regulations contained therein governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.”