Zimbabwe fined for slow over-rate in Harare

Zimbabwe fined for slow over-rate in Harare

Skipper Masakadza has been fined 20 percent of his match fee for the same.

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Zimbabwe has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in their T20I Tri-series match in Harare on Tuesday, which Pakistan won by seven wickets. Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Hamilton Masakadza’s side was ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offenses, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

Masakadza may face suspension if this persists

As such, Masakadza has been fined 20 percent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 percent fines. If Zimbabwe commits another minor over-rate breach in a Twenty20 International within 12 months of this offense with Masakadza as captain, it will be deemed a second offense by Masakadza and he will face a suspension.

Masakadza pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was leveled by on-field umpires Langton Rusere and Iknow Chabi, third umpire Russell Tiffin and fourth umpire Jeremiah Matibiri.

As things stand, it would seem as though Zimbabwe cricket is in absolute disarray. Prior to the start of the series, five Zimbabwean players pulled out of the series and deemed themselves unavaialable for selection. These players included the likes Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, and a few others who opted to play for the Global T20 League in Canada. This has left the African nation in a rather precarious situation as they aim to compete with the likes of Pakistan and Australia.

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