The International Cricket Council (ICC) are set to change the rules regarding the penalty for slow surcharges in Tests after the England players lost their full match fees for the second Ashes Test. The game’s governing body has received complaints about it that are unhappy with the punishment highlighting the point that the players played for nothing.
Ben Stokes and his teammates were fined the full match fee of £15,000 (approximately 15 lakh INR) for maintaining a slow surcharge during the second Test at Lord’s. England also lost eight points in the new World Test Championship table.
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Under the current rules, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for each time their side does not bowl in the allotted time. Additionally, one side is penalized one point for each short over. When calculating the surcharge, officials give allowances for drinks, injuries, wickets and other disturbances, such as the Just Stop Oil protest that botched the first day at Lord’s.
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ICC to discuss the rule change:
According to a report in the Daily Mail, several countries believe that the current rules are unnecessarily harsh on players. The matter is likely to be discussed at the ICC meeting in South Africa this week. The governing body will be asked to consider proposals to reduce the cap on fines for excess of the current rate of 100 per cent of player match fees to a much lower level.
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There will also be discussion on the WTC points with many countries who believe that the sanctions are undermining the integrity of the competition. In the inaugural WTC cycle, Australia missed out on a place in the final after receiving a points penalty.
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