England, India lose two points for slow over rate in first Test

ICC penalises England and India for slow over rate.
Virat Kohli and Joe Root have pleaded guilty for slow over rate during the Nottingham Test by their respective teams.

Hosts England and India had earned four points each from the draw in the rain-marred Test at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham, last week. They have lost two points apiece for slow over rate. The penal action from the International Cricket Council also includes 40% of the respective match fee of both the teams.

Rain had completely washed out the last day of the five-match series opener. The match was evenly poised with both the teams being in a position to pull off a win.

England and India have been fined 40 per cent of their match fees and penalised two ICC World Test Championship points each for maintaining slow over-rates in the first Test in Nottingham, ICC has stated in a Press release.

Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanctions after both sides were ruled to be two overs short of their targets after time allowances were taken into consideration.

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In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.

In addition, as per Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, a side is penalised one point for each over short.

Captains Joe Root and Virat Kohli had pleaded guilty and accepted the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.

On-field umpires Michael Gough and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire David Millns had levelled the charges.

The second match of the series will be played at the Lord’s from tomorrow (Thursday). The weathermen have predicted clear skies in London on all the five match days.

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