EXPLAINER: What is slow over rate? What are slow over rate rules in IPL 2021?

Sanju Samson was the fifth offender of slow over rate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson

Slow over rate is a term we often come across which is to denote the breach of the most frequent code of conduct in any of the three cricket formats. Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Sanju Samson was the most recent offender of this rule during match 32 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. 

Before Samson, some of the other captains have violated the slow over rate rules in the 14th edition of the cash-rich league. Players like Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli have been fined for breaching the slow over rate mark. 

Now, let’s know everything about this rule set by the International Cricket Council (ICC), in detail:

Q. What is slow over rate?

According to ICC’s rules, teams are expected to maintain an average of 15 overs per hour in Test Cricket, 14.28 in ODIs and 14.11 in T20s.

Q. What are the slow over rate rules in IPL 2021?

Including the two strategic timeouts, which last for two minutes and 30 seconds, the bowling side is expected to maintain an over rate of 14.11 and finish their quota of 20 overs in one hour and 30 minutes, barring any delays due to weather or any such unforeseen circumstances.

Q. What is the penalty for a slow over rate in IPL 2021?

Here are the penalties for slow over rate according to the IPL 2021 Code of Conduct:

  • For the first offence in a season, the captain of the bowling team will be fined 12 lakhs.
  • For the second offence in a season, the captain of the bowling team will be fined 24 lakhs and the other 10 players will either be fined six lakhs or 25% of their match fees, depending on which amount is lesser.
  • For the third and each subsequent offence in a season, the captain of the bowling team will be fined 30 lakhs and will also be banned for one match. The other 10 players in the team will also be fined 12 lakhs or 50% of their match fees, depending on which amount is lesser.

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