The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined both India and England 40 per cent of their match fees for slow over rate in the first Test at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge, as well as their ICC World Test Championship Two points have also been deducted.
Both India and England bowled less than two overs in the allotted time, after which ICC match referee Chris Broad imposed the penalty on them. According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Support Staff, players will be fined 20 per cent of their match fee for reducing an over in the allotted time. In addition, according to the rules set for the ICC World Test Championship, the team will be penalized one point for reducing one over in the allotted time.
According to the ICC statement, Indian captain Virat Kohli and England captain Joe Root have admitted their mistake and accepted the fine. Therefore, there will be no further hearing in this case. It is to be noted that the second match of the ongoing five-match Test series between India and England will be played tomorrow (Thursday) at 3.30 pm at Lord’s ground. Both the teams will try to win the match and take the lead in the series.