SA vs ENG: Here’s is why ICC penalize South Africa with six World Test Championship points

SA vs ENG: Here’s is why ICC penalize South Africa with six World Test Championship points
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It seems like nothing is going well for South Africa these days. After losing the four-match Test series against England 3-1, the International Cricket Council (ICC) fined the Proteas team for committing an error that cost them six World Test Championship (WTC) points and 60 percent of their match fee.


The Faf du Plessis-led side was found three overs short after time allowances were taken into consideration by match referee Andy Pycroft in the Wanderers Test, and hence they were penalized for maintaining slow-over rate.

According to Article 2.22 of the ICC’s code of conduct, players are fined 20% of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the time allocated to them. Under Article 16.11.2 of the WTC’s playing conditions, a team is penalized two points for every over they are short.


South African captain accepted the proposed sanction, which also meant that there was no requirement for a formal hearing.

When it comes to WTC standings, then South Africa after the penalty sits at No.7 out of nine teams. They just have 24 points in seven matches. India tops the table with 360 points, while Australia have 296 and are at the second spot.


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