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2nd February 2005, 14:50
Pakistan's captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, has been fined 100% of his match fee, after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct for his side's slow over rate in their victory over West Indies on Tuesday.
Chris Broad, the ICC's match referee, found Inzamam guilty of breaching Clause C1 of the Code of Conduct, which states that players shall at all times conduct play within the spirit of the game and that, in particular, captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that this is adhered to.
At a hearing conducted after the close of play on Tuesday, Inzamam was found guilty of a Level 2 breach, and because he was captain, he was fined an additional 30% of his fee, which means that he was actually paying for the privilege of playing. The rest of the Pakistan players were fined 15% of their fees.
All Level 2 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a 50% fine, and a maximum penalty of a full match fee and/or a one Test or two one-day international ban. The match referee's decision is final and binding
2nd February 2005, 14:58
Just becuase Vaughan was fined £5000 Chris has decided to do the same. Chris Broad was one guy who himself never accepted the decision of the umpires when given out, non striking batsmen used push him towards the pavilion. He should never be an ICC refree.
2nd February 2005, 15:05
"Just becuase Vaughan was fined £5000 Chris has decided to do the same"
dont agree with the above comment , rules are rules.
2nd February 2005, 15:13
Shaf no, the law is you can fine player from 50% of his match fee but went for harsh financial penalty even though it was a big scoring match therefore it took longer than normal.
2nd February 2005, 15:32
it was pretty slow, especially considering 11 overs of spin were bowled and mohammad sami with his extras wasnt bowling and so wasnt shoaib with his long run up.
2nd February 2005, 17:35
It was always slow and we always have this problem. At least he probably won't get banned due to the Ganguly debacle.
2nd February 2005, 21:29
Actually Inzamam should have received a ban under the strict interpretation of the code, since this was his second such offence within the last 12 months. But since the hearing did not take this into account before the fine was announced the ICC has decided not to take the matter further, in fairness to Inzamam. Chris Broad admitted: "In applying the provisions of the ICC Code I neglected to consult Inzamam's past record. It was an honest mistake and the matter has been dealt with."
Lucky to escape a ban....Close call!!!
3rd February 2005, 07:46
I was suprised he wasn't banned, like Zorawar says according to the rules and regs one more offence under that he should have been banned.
Atleast ppl can't blame shoaib for the slow overate, even without him Pakistan struggled, so it is not all down to Shoaib's long run up.
Like I said before Pakistan need to look at the speed at which they turn around after each over, and get to there fielding positions. Bowlers need to loosen up before they are called up to bowl new spells etc.
Gafoor I've moved your post to this thread.
Ghafoor Rehman Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:59 am
Inzamam escapes ban after mix-up
Pakistan's win will compensate Inzamam for his financial loss
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq will play in the VB Tri-Series final against Australia after an ICC administrative error saw him escape suspension.
A slow over rate in Pakistan's win over the West Indies resulted in Inzamam being fined his match fee.
ICC rules say he should have received an automatic ban, but procedural mistakes allowed him to play on Friday.
"I neglected to consult Inzamam's past record. It was an honest mistake," said match referee Chris Broad.
Inzamam was initially charged with a Level Two offence for the slow over rates, but it should have been upgraded to a Level Three because it was his second offence in 12 months.
"Inzamam's penalty should have been upgraded to a Level Three offence which carries an automatic ban," said an ICC statement.
"This was not the case but in fairness to the player the hearing will not be re-opened. The original penalty imposed will stand and no further action will be taken."
Former England batsman Broad also imposed a fine of 15% of their match fees on the rest of the Pakistan team.
Inzamam delighted by 'crunch' win
Fines can be levied if teams fall two overs behind the required rated in limited overs internationals.
An International Cricket Council spokesman told BBC Sport that in this instance Pakistan were three overs behind.
Inzamam was found guilty of breaching clause C1 of the ICC code, which states that captains are at all times responsible for ensuring their teams play within the spirit of the game.
The opening match will be played in Melbourne on Friday with the second game in Sydney on Sunday. If the series is tied, a deciding match will be played in Melbourne on Tuesday.
If you can smile when all around you is turning to dust
Then you have thought of someone else to blame it on!
3rd February 2005, 13:16
Captains are shackled by over-rate rule
February 04, 2005
THE pressure on captains to ensure their team meets their over-rate requirements acts as a deterrent to getting opposition batsmen out in the latter stages of limited-overs internationals, Australia captain Ricky Ponting said yesterday.
Ponting's remarkable admission came after Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was mistakenly cleared to play in today's first VB Series final against Australia in Melbourne despite his team's lamentable over rate.
Inzamam was fined a total of 130 per cent of his match fee for Pakistan's slow over rate - more than two overs behind the required 210-minute quota - in Tuesday's win over West Indies in Perth.
It was the second time Inzamam has been found guilty of a code of conduct breach due to Pakistan's poor over rate and - under International Cricket Council guidelines - he should have incurred an automatic minimum ban of four one-day internationals.
But ICC match referee Chris Broad, who heard the charge at the completion of Tuesday's match, failed to take into account Inzamam's previous indiscretion when handing down the penalty.
The ICC was yesterday forced to admit the error and that Inzamam should be sidelined for the entire best-of-three finals series.
But the game's controlling body decided against imposing the penalty retrospectively even though chief executive Malcolm Speed has chosen to intervene in previous disciplinary matters, and Broad accepted blame for the gaffe.
"In applying the provisions of the ICC Code I neglected to consult Inzamam's past record," Broad said. "It was an honest mistake and the matter has been dealt with."
It is the second time the ICC's tough stance on slow over rates has come to nothing.
Last November, India captain Sourav Ganguly was banned for two Tests due to his team's tardiness, but he duly hired a lawyer and had the suspension overturned.
The ICC's inability to enforce the over-rate requirement prompted Test legend Rod Marsh to this week call for the automatic suspension of captains whose teams take longer than three and half hours to bowl 50 overs.
Ponting said his rival skipper was "pretty lucky" to have escaped suspension but added the ICC's decision to hold captains responsible for the over-rate created on-field headaches for all.
Ponting said he often had to employ part-time spinners to make up time mid-innings, and added that as teams scrambled to fit in their final overs it could be a costly time-waster to capture opposition wickets.
"If you are touch and go towards the end, the worst thing you can do is to take wickets because that costs you time as well," Ponting said.
"A guy like Brett Lee in our side, he's got a long run-up and a long follow-through. If he bowls a few wides and no-balls in his 10-over spell then you are right behind the eight-ball.
"As a captain it puts you under extreme pressure to get through your overs.
"It's mentioned at every team meeting that we have. It is a juggling act and we've got to look at some of our blokes shortening their run-ups and getting through their overs quicker."
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said yesterday that to suspend Inzamam for the team's slow over rate in such a hard-fought game would have made a "mockery" of the penalty system.
Woolmer said there were a number of reasons why Pakistan took so long to bowl their overs as West Indies mounted an unsuccessful run chase, including a large number of unscheduled drinks breaks, equipment changes by batsmen and lengthy delays retrieving the ball when it went into the crowd.
"I don't think in any way it was sinister or anything like that," Woolmer said yesterday.
"It just happened that it went longer than it should have. Inzamam is on a tightrope anyway when it comes to that sort of thing for past performances."
There was further gloom over the Pakistan camp when it learned in-form seam bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's father had died in the Islamic Republic overnight. But family members convinced a distraught Rana to remain with the team until the end of the tour.
Batsman Younis Khan returned home to Pakistan last weekend after he was informed of his father's death after last Sunday's match.
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