South Africa were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in the fourth One-Day International against India in Johannesburg on Saturday, which they won by five wickets to keep the six-match series alive. ICC match referee Andy Pycroft imposed the fine after Aiden Markram's side was ruled to be one over short of their target in yesterday's match, when time allowances were taken into consideration.
In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players were fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
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As such, Markram has been fined 20 percent of his match fee, while the South African players have received 10 percent fines.
If South Africa commit another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within 12 months of this offence with Markram as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Markram and he will face a suspension.
Markram pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Bongani Jele, third umpire Ian Gould, and fourth umpire Shaun George.
(With PTI Inputs)