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England team felt tremendous current, know why ICC deducted ‘so many’ points

-Vinay Kumar

The ICC has fined the England Test team 8 penalty points for their slow over rate in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane (Brisbane Test Ashes Cricket Series, 2021) last week. It was that the ICC WTC points of the England cricket team would be reduced. But, the latest news is that not 5, but 8 marks have been deducted. Because England was late by 8 overs. England batsman Joe Root’s team bowled at a slow over rate against Australia in the first Test match played in Brisbane of Ashes Series AUS vs ENG.

It is worth noting that now there are 6 points in the 5 Test matches played so far under the ‘ICC World Test Championship, 2021-2023’. England’s team has now slipped to the seventh position out of 8 teams in the ICC WTC points table. Not only points have been deducted, but 100% match fee of England team has also been deducted.

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According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which deals with the minimum over-rate, players are fined 20 percent of their match fee for each of their slow overs. That is, the player of the team who fails to bowl within the stipulated time period, is fined and points are deducted.

Let us tell you that according to the rules of the ICC, a maximum penalty of 100 percent of the match fee can be imposed for disobeying discipline. It is worth noting that in the first Test match of ‘Ashes Series 2021’ played in Brisbane, England’s team was 8 overs late according to the stipulated time period. However, according to the rules, match fees cannot be deducted more than 100 percent, but there is no limit to deduct points under WTC.

Talking about the points table of ‘ICC WTC 2021-2023’, then Sri Lanka is sitting on the top with 24 points. Australia is second, Pakistan is third and India is at the fourth position. The total number of teams playing under WTC is 8. And, the view is that after deducting the points, England has slipped to the seventh position. In the ‘ICC WTC 2021-2023’, so far 10 points of England have been cut due to slow over rate.

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