Australia helped by ICC rules?
Australia was fined for a slow over-rate
in yesterday's ODI against India at Sydney
. Ricky Ponting copped a 20% match fee fine under Clause J-5 of the ICC code of CONduct
which prescribes a 5% match fee cut for the players (and 10% for the skipper) for the each of the first 5 overs short of the minimum overs which should have been bowled.
So far so good. Except, Australia were well in excess of 2 overs short. They bowled 49.1 overs in 225 minutes. Being 2 overs short implies they overshot the time allocation by ~ 10 minutes. Which is obviously untrue since they overshot it by 25 minutes!
During the Perth test match last month
, Australia were fined for being 2 overs short
. This, when they bowled 98 ov in 450 min (> 45 min delay => at least 10 ov lag) and 80 ov in 360 min (> 30 min delay => at least 7 ov lag). Yet, the penalty was for being 2 ov slow.
The code of conduct considers a 5 over lag in a test and a 2 over lag in a ODI as a level 2 offense (50% or more of the match fee as penalty and/or a 1 test/2 ODI ban). The match referees' decisions to report that Australia were lagging by 2 overs implied that Australia couldn't be charged with a level-2 offense. Further, a repeat of a level-2 offense within 12 months upgrades the 2nd offense to a level-3 offense which warrants a 2-4 tests or 4-8 ODIs ban.
Ergo, Ricky Ponting should have actually been banned after this hearing. Yet, like we've pointed out here, some get away, and some don't
. Maybe the fact that the penalty for the Perth game isn't even listed on the ICC website in the 2008 breaches & penalties section
means that he managed to get away thanks to yet another ICC administrative screw-up
PS: Were you surprised when Ponting made runs on the best batting track in the one-day series? I'm not
! You can also vote in the new poll: "Are Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds cricket's worst whiners?
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