Former Pakistan’s captain, Asif Iqbal has suggested following Misbah Ul Haq’s one match ban for slow over-rate that suspending a captain for this offence is a bit harsh.
In accordance with Article 2.5.1 and Appendix 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which deals with minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
Misbah Ul Haq was suspended for the second Test match against New Zealand for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first Test of the recently concluded series. It was Pakistan’s second offence of slow over-rate in the span of 12 months, thus he was handed over the ban.
Asif Iqbal believes that suspending a captain, who is usually the best player of the team, affects the quality of the match, which is unfair for spectators.
“Yes we want to see the quota of 90 overs per day being bowled,” he said. “Have monetary fines for slow over rates. But suspending the captain affects the performance of the side and thereby affects to quality of the match.
“It is not fair to the paying public who pay to see a good match and the best players in action.”
Asif Iqbal thinks that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is not dealing this offence in the best possible manner. Instead, he suggested that deducting runs along with monetary penalty can be more effective.
“This rule can be changed for better with a penalty of runs deducted along with the monetary fine, this way it will be more effective,” he suggested.
He went on to say that punishing just the captain for an offence that is incurred by the whole team is a bit harsh on him.
“I think the financial fine should be heavy and maybe the players, who only pay 10% of their fee (for each over not bowled) should be fined more,” he stated.
“Players are never suspended for slow over rate, it is just the captain. Suspension, to me is a bit harsh,” Asif Iqbal concluded.