Team India suffered a disheartening 66 runs defeat in the first ODI against Australia on Friday evening, but the course of bad news does not end there as Internatitonal Cricket Council (ICC) slapped the Indian team with a big fine, charging them 20 per cent of their match fees for slow over rate. India completed their 50 overs in four hours and six minutes.
ICC Match Referee David Boon imposed the penalty on the Indian team. The ICC said in a statement issued on Saturday, “According to the ICC’s code of conduct for minimum over-speed violation, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees from each over if they are not able to bowl within the stipulated time’.
Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. The violation was determined by on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Sam Nogajski, TV umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth umpire Gerard Abood.
The Indian team is trailing 0-1 in the three-match series and the second ODI will be played in Sydney on Sunday.