Can somebody please explain these "fines"?

Can somebody please explain these "fines"?

Post by BobJone » Sat, 20 Mar 2004 10:03:17


"ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq was fined 80 percent of
his match fees for his team's slow over-rate in the second one-day
international against India.
Match referee Ranjan Madugalle of Sri Lanka also penalised the entire
Pakistan team 15 percent of their fees for bowling three overs short in the
Rawalpindi game on Tuesday."

What's the point of these fines? Why don't they let teams play as they like,
what's the problem if they have a slow-over rate? It seems to me that a
slow-over rate from one team would just give the other team a better chance
of winning?

I'm sure there's a good reason, but it eludes me, I'm new to cricket...

 
 
 

Can somebody please explain these "fines"?

Post by Bob Duber » Sat, 20 Mar 2004 13:26:37


Quote:
> What's the point of these fines? Why don't they let teams play as they
like,
> what's the problem if they have a slow-over rate? It seems to me that a
> slow-over rate from one team would just give the other team a better
chance
> of winning?

I'm not sure that it would. If anything it would favour a team with lots of
fast bowlers who need as long a breather as possible between overs and
between spells.

More to the point, there are TV schedules to consider, and also the people
who have paid money to be in the ground and would actually like their
entertainment to be performed at a reasonable pace.

 
 
 

Can somebody please explain these "fines"?

Post by Tim Scriven » Mon, 22 Mar 2004 08:56:59


Quote:
> "ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq was fined 80 percent of
> his match fees for his team's slow over-rate in the second one-day
> international against India.
> Match referee Ranjan Madugalle of Sri Lanka also penalised the entire
> Pakistan team 15 percent of their fees for bowling three overs short in
the
> Rawalpindi game on Tuesday."

> What's the point of these fines? Why don't they let teams play as they
like,
> what's the problem if they have a slow-over rate? It seems to me that a
> slow-over rate from one team would just give the other team a better
chance
> of winning?

> I'm sure there's a good reason, but it eludes me, I'm new to cricket...

Several reasons.

Cricket is entertainment.  It's boring to watch 11 overs/hour.

It's actually harder to bat (in test matches, anyway) against a slow
over-rate.  The time for concentration is the same, with fewer opportunity
to score.

And, cynically - TV schedules rely on the inning being 3.5 hours.  More than
that stuffs up schedules (in a series like this) in many countries.