- ICC sanctions Pakistan with a 20 percent match fee penalty for a slow over rate in their World Cup match against South Africa.
- Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, accepts the ICC sanction, acknowledging the team’s failure to maintain the required over rate.
In a further setback to Pakistan’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup journey, the team has been fined for a slow over rate during their recent nail-biting clash against South Africa. Despite the match’s intensity, Pakistan fell short in more ways than one, facing consequences for a tardy bowling performance.
Pakistan, led by Captain Babar Azam, found themselves four overs behind the stipulated rate during South Africa’s batting innings in Chennai. This breach led to the imposition of a 20 percent penalty on their match fee, in accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct.
According to the Code of Conduct, players face a five percent fine for every over that exceeds the allotted time. On-field umpires Alex Wharf and Paul Reiffel, along with third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Richard Kettleborough, levied the charge following Pakistan’s closely contested loss to South Africa.
Accepting the sanction, Captain Babar Azam acknowledged the team’s failure to maintain the required over rate. This fine comes at a challenging juncture for Pakistan, as they strive to revive their World Cup campaign, having secured victories in only two out of six appearances so far.
The 1992 champions now find themselves in a precarious position, needing to win all three of their remaining matches to keep their hopes alive for a spot in the semi-finals. The pressure intensifies as Pakistan gears up for their next crucial clash against Bangladesh in Kolkata on Tuesday, presenting a must-win scenario.
As the team navigates through this challenging phase, the slow over rate penalty serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining pace and efficiency on the field. With the World Cup’s knockout stages approaching, every aspect of the game becomes crucial, and teams must strive for excellence not only in performance but also in adherence to the rules.
Pakistan’s journey in the tournament hangs in the balance, and their ability to bounce back from setbacks like the slow over rate fine will determine their fate in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.