International Cricket Council imposed 10 per cent fine on South African cricket team of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate in the fourth One Day International against India at New Wanderers stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday.
In the match where South Africa defeated India by five wickets to stay alive in the series, Heinrich Klaasen smashed 43 not out off 27 balls (5 fours, 1 six) and led the Proteas' physical attack on the Indian spinners after rain intervened twice to trim down the game to a 28-over contest.
According to match referee Andy Pycroft, Proteas were one over late against their target and as per the rules stand-in skipper Aiden Markram fined by 20 per cent of his match fees.
It was on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Bongani Jele, third umpire Ian Gould, and fourth umpire Shaun George who pointed the charge against the team. And after the end of the match, Markram pleaded guilty to the offence and agreed to the implied fine, so there was no requirement for a formal hearing ahead.
As per the ICC rule, under the Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, players of the team fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the targeted time, while the captain fined double that amount, i.e. 20 per cent.
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