Slow over rate: ICC suspends Zimbabwe captain for two ODIs

Published: May 27, 2015
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Zimbabwe's captain Elton Chigumbura celebrates after scoring 100 runs during the first one day international match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on May 26, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Zimbabwe's captain Elton Chigumbura celebrates after scoring 100 runs during the first one day international match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on May 26, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday suspended Zimbabwe Captain Elton Chigumbura for two One Day Internationals (ODIs) owing to his side’s slow over rate.

Zimbabwe was found three over short of its target at the end of Tuesday’s match against Pakistan, a statement issued by ICC said.

ICC remote match referee Roshan Mahanama, while handing Chigumbura two match suspension, also penalised each of Zimbabwe’s players 40 per cent of their match fee.

The suspension came after the Zimbabwe captain pleaded guilty to charges levelled by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Russell Tiffin, third umpire Ahmed Shahab and reserve umpire Shozab Raza.

Read: 1st ODI: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs – everything as it happened

On Tuesday, Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs in the first ODI of the three-match series at Gaddafi stadium, Lahore. Chigumbura also scored his maiden century during the match.

Zimbabwe is the first team to tour Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.

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  • Bewildered
    May 27, 2015 - 10:30PM

    I think the punishment is too sever considering the blistering heat of 45 degrees centigrade at the start of the play and team Zimbabwe was only 3 overs slow. In my opinion, 10% match fee penalty would have been more than enough. Perhaps they are being punished because they toured Pakistan against the wishes of ICC (Indian Cricket Council).Recommend

  • Cynic Waheed
    May 27, 2015 - 10:31PM

    Indian (ICC) teaching Zimbabwe a lesson for visint Pakistan when they want Pakistan to stay cricket starved! Kohli can go and meet his GF and gets away with an informal warning.. What equality eh? ;) then again I am a Pakistani and the Indians here will jump at having a go at me! Let me go find a hiding place ;) Haha.

    Sincerely,

    A Pakistani! Recommend

  • Sam
    May 27, 2015 - 10:51PM

    ICC should have sent their officials. They look like fools right now. Recommend

  • Nasir
    May 28, 2015 - 1:53AM

    @Sam: you cannot blame the ICC for not sending their people – they have a duty of care to their employees and Pakistan cannot protect its own citizens from terrorism let alone foreigners Recommend

  • Amer
    May 28, 2015 - 6:54AM

    ICC is a joke and they prove it yet again. The India Controlled Council (ICC) didn’t send any officials to Pakistan but had the audacity to impose this ridiculous punishment for visiting Pakistan. Recommend

  • whatever
    May 28, 2015 - 9:56AM

    @Cynic Waheed:
    question is that rule was existed before the Pak-Zim match or it was latter constructed to punish Zims. If its latter then it is ICC fault and its biased against Pak like whole world but if answer is former then it is you who is biased against ICC and India and FYI the Zim captain didn’t contested against the ruling because he knows even in Pakistan he has to follow the rule. He is a law abiding player unlike pakistanis who want to bend the rule every time when it does not sit them. and don’t be a cry baby just follow the rules they are meant for somethingRecommend

  • Muhammad
    May 31, 2015 - 4:51AM

    @whatever:

    When did the Pakistani’s bend the rules. Or is it that Pygmies can not stop finding faults in others.Recommend

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