IPL 2021: Here’s why MS Dhoni might face a ban like Eoin Morgan

As many as five skippers have been thus far found violating the slow over-rate rules in the IPL 2021.

MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan
MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Eoin Morgan is close to facing a one-match ban in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Englishman has already violated that slow over-rate rule on two occasions and hence, he has paid hefty fines of INR 12 lakhs and INR 24 lakhs respectively. 

Another violation will mean a penalty of INR 30 lakhs along with a ban of one game for Morgan. Apart from him, wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals also finds himself in a similar situation as he has also been fined for this charge. On the other hand, other skippers like MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings), Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians), and Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) have violated the slow over-rate rules as well.

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

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.

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.

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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