Fine imposed on West Indies for maintaining slow over rate during Jamaica Test

Holder accepted his fault and the proposed sanction which meant no former warning was required.

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Jason Holder captain of the West Indies Test team. (Photo by Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images)

West Indies who lost the opening Test against Pakistan has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the course of the game in Jamaica. Chris Broad who is in the Emirates Panel of ICC Match Referees thrust the fine on the hosts as they were found to be an over short of the target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

According to the Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel which relates to minor offences in over rates, players are fined 10% of their match fees for such offence while the captain is fined exactly double that amount. If they repeat this in any of the matches in the next 12 months, then Holder will face as suspension.

Holder accepted his fault and the proposed sanction which meant no former warning was required. All the four umpires in the game levelled the charge against Holder and his team. While Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough were the onfield umpires, Bruce Oxenford and Gregory Brathwaite were the 3rd and the 4th umpire respectively.

Meanwhile, Pakistan won the 1st Test quite comprehensively in the end by 7 wickets and is well on course to giving a fitting farewell to two stalwarts of Pakistan cricket Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haq. It will be a huge void too hard to fill. These two have been champions in their own rights and have gone on to Pakistan cricket to unprecedented heights.

While Younis is arguably the greatest ever batsman Pakistan has produced, Misbah helped his nation defy all odds and become the No.1 team in Test cricket. From the lows of spot-fixing to the highs of No.1 in Test cricket for the first time in their history, the 43-year-old has been an inspiration character in Pakistan cricket amidst the tension.

The hosts will surely look to make a comeback in the next Test at the Kensington Oval in Barbados starting from 30th April, Sunday.

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