Oman Cricket Team have been fined 40 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over rate in their World Cup 2023 Qualifier Super Six match against Zimbabwe on June 29 in Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo.
Along with the team fine, Oman bowler Kaleemullah has also been handed down an extra fine for his conduct in the encounter.
Oman Fined For Maintaining Slow Over Rate
Players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, and the side were ruled to be two overs short of the target time, even after allowances were taken under consideration.
Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood pled guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction after his team was found two overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
There was further punishment for Kaleemullah after his send-off toward Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine when dismissing him early in the encounter.
The incident occurred in the 12th over of Zimbabwe’s innings, when Kaleemullah bowled Zimbabwe’s skipper for 25, before running in Ervine’s direction and celebrating the wicket in close proximity to the batter.
Kaleemullah was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the Code of Conduct which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”
The fast bowler accepted the sanction after on-field umpires Roland Black and Wayne Knights, third umpire Asif Yaqoob and fourth umpire Martin Saggers levelled the charges.
One demerit point has been added to the 32-year-old’s record, and the incident was his first offence in a two-year period.
With the 14 runs defeat against Zimbabwe, Oman rules out of the top 2 spot race in the Super Six table of the World Cup 2023 qualifiers. The final two participants of the ICC World Cup 2023 will be decided post the World Cup Qualifiers 2023.