The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday announced that the West Indies Women have been fined 40per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate against India Women in the group stage game of ICC Women’s World Cup. As per the global cricket governing body, Stafanie Taylor’s side was found to be two overs short of the target when the time allowances were taken into consideration.
Shandre Fritz of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction and the West Indies Women captain pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the proposed sanction deferring the need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Eloise Sheridan and Paul Wilson along with third umpire Ahmed Shah Pakteen and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge levelled the charge.
“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said in a statement.
Turbulence for West Indies Women
Talking about the game against India, it was nothing less than turbulence for Stafanie Taylor and Co. as West Indies lost by a massive 155 runs, causing a big dent in their Net Run Rate. Although they have a lot many games left to play in the tournament, it was a big loss for them. They have a dull record against India Women in ODIs, but after beating England and New Zealand in first two group stage games, they were expected to break the jinx.
However, it could not happen. West Indies were outdone in all departments. First, they conceded over 300 runs, for the first time in this tournament, and then got bundled out for 162. Despite a good start from Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews, West Indies Women crumbled. Seven of their eleven batters could not enter double figures. Now, they will face an upbeat Australia Women in their next game and will hope to repeat what they did against New Zealand and England Women.