Following Pakistan’s recent loss to Australia in the first Test at Perth’s Optus Stadium, where they suffered a defeat by a massive 360-run margin, the team faced further setbacks. A day after the Test match, Pakistan was penalized for maintaining a slow over-rate during the game, resulting in a deduction of two points from their ICC World Test Championship (WTC) total.
The slow over-rate led to a 10% fine on Pakistan’s match fee and a deduction of two points from their World Test Championship total. This penalty came as a significant blow to Pakistan, as it caused them to slip from the top spot in the WTC points table, which they had previously held. The deduction in points lowered their percentage points from 66.67 to 61.11.
These developments allowed the Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team to consolidate its position at the top of the WTC points table, a position they had achieved following Australia’s victory in the Test match against Pakistan. India is scheduled to play two Test matches against South Africa in the upcoming series.
The penalty imposed on Pakistan was in accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which deals with minimum over-rate offences. According to this article, players are fined five per cent of their match fee for every over their team fails to bowl in the allotted time. Additionally, Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions stipulates that a side is penalized one point for each over short. As a result, two World Test Championship points were deducted from Pakistan’s total.
The penalties were enforced by the Emirates ICC Elite Panel Match Referee Javagal Srinath after an assessment that found Pakistan two overs short, even after taking time allowances into consideration. The charges were brought forth by on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Richard Illingworth, third umpire Michael Gough, and fourth umpire Donovan Koch. Pakistan’s captain, Shan Masood, pleaded guilty to the offence, accepting the sanctions imposed on the team.
These penalties highlight the significance of maintaining the required over-rate standards in international cricket and the impact they can have on a team’s standing in major tournaments like the ICC World Test Championship.