Pakistan Penalized for Slow Over-Rate in World Cup Match Against New Zealand

Bengaluru, Pakistan’s cricket team has incurred a fine amounting to 10 percent of their match fees for not maintaining the required over-rate during their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 encounter with New Zealand in Bengaluru. The team was adjudged to be two overs short of their target after considering the time allowances.

According to International Cricket Council, the penalty was levied by Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees in compliance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. Under this article, a fine of five percent of their match fees is imposed on players for every over their team fails to bowl within the allotted time frame.

Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan’s side, admitted to the offense and accepted the proposed sanction, which rendered a formal hearing unnecessary. On-field umpires Paul Wilson and Richard Kettleborough, along with third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Joel Wilson, brought the charge.

The imposition of this fine highlights the enforcement of regulations designed to ensure the timely progression of games in the international cricket framework.