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MS Dhoni banned for two ODIs

by Homer

And a fair call. India took 4 hours and 3 minutes to complete their overs. Even factoring for the injury breaks,ball change and drinks breaks, India were atleast 25 minutes behind schedule.

Per the ICC CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS AND PLAYER SUPPORT PERSONNEL, a captain guilty of a Serious Over Rate Offence is sanctioned "The imposition of two (2) Suspension Points."

Per the ICC

Suspension Points. The weighting points used to determine the period of suspension imposed against any Player or Player Support Personnel pursuant to Article 7 of the Code of Conduct.


where the actual over rate in any Test Match or any other International Match of at least four days in duration is more than five overs short of the Minimum Over Rate, or, in any One Day International Match, Twenty20 International Match or any other International Match of fifty (50) or twenty (20) overs per side, is more than two overs short of the Minimum Over Rate, such an offence shall be considered a ‘Serious Over Rate Offence’.

As India was clearly on the wrong side of that particular line, Dhoni's suspension is warranted.


Mahek said...

I can't tell if you're serious or sarcastic.

Jonathan said...

He's clearly not as selfish as some.

Homer said...


4 hours to bowl 50 overs is stretches ridiculousness to the extreme.

My initial reaction when I heard the news was that Jeff Crowe had over reacted, but on seeing the match replay, we took 4 hours and 3 minutes to bowl 295 legal balls.

And that is just not cricket!


Anonymous said...

I think it came at wrong time for india. Sehwag do not like captaincy as he sees it as burden to manage people who do not think like him.

he thinks it is waste of his energy.

1 match ban would be better than 2 match. May be ICC has some kind of scale.

Samir Chopra said...

This ban was called for; there was way too much dithering on the field.

Homer said...


Sehwag is the surprise selection. I thought GG was the designated vice captain of the team after Yuvraj vacated that spot and Sehwag showed his lack of interest in leading the team.

Bad call by the selection committee - if Napier and South Africa 2006 are any indication, we are in for a bit of a rough ride in the next 2 ODIs.

And I am glad the BCCI did not appeal the ban.


Homer said...

Agreed Samir... :)


Jonathan said...

Anon, the rules for over rate are quite objective (which doesn't always translate to fair). There is only one possible penalty (2 points suspension = 2ODIs), not a range. The referee didn't have much discretion at all.

I'm not a fan of the whole referee system, and definitely not of some referees, but Crowe seems quite reasonable.

Mahek said...

We maintain a pretty slow over rate in tests as well. I'm surprised it's taken this long for Dhoni to cop a ban. I can't understand why almost every team takes so long to complete its overs. There was a time when they bowled a lot more than 90 overs in a day.

Jonathan said...

Just for more detail - injury breaks and 3rd umpire referrals are relevant, but in ODIs the ICC doesn't allow extra consideration for drinks and wickets. It is all considered built in to the normal time limit of 3.5 hours, which corresponds to 50 overs, 2 drinks breaks and only one wicket under the Test match rules. Reasonable given the fast pace expectations of the shorter form, or too harsh?

While it doesn't affect the question of whether someone is sanctioned or not, the level for the "serious" offence is harsher in ODIs than in Test, even assuming the calculations are equivalent to start with. Is that justified by trying to cram 100 overs into a day?

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