England has received a major blow ahead of the 4th ODI against Pakistan as ICC has suspended skipper Eoin Morgan for one ODI and has cut 40% of his match fees on the grounds of slow over-rate. The rest of the England team has to bore the brunt too and they have been penalised 20% of their match fees.
The offence occurred during the third ODI between England and Pakistan where the match referee Richie Richardson found England two overs short of the stipulated time period.
This is Eoin Morgan’s second minor offence within the time-frame of 12 months. His first offence for short over rate came in the Barbados ODI against Windies earlier this year.
According to the Article 2.22.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the team members are fined 10% of match fees for every short over while the captain is fined double the amount.
In the same ODI, England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow expressed his frustration by hitting the stumps with his bat after getting dismissed. This act didn’t go well with the match-referee and Bairstow has been suspended for this act.
ICC explained that Bairstow was found to have breached Article2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match.”
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This act has also earned Bairstow one demerit point which is his first since the inception of disciplinary record for players in September 2016.
The fourth ODI between England and Pakistan will be played at Nottingham on Friday, 17th May. The hosts are leading the series 2-0 after winning the second and the third ODI. The first ODI was abandoned due to rain.