Mashrafe Mortaza's side lost the first ODI vs New Zealand by 77 runs    Getty Images
Mashrafe Mortaza’s side lost the first ODI vs New Zealand by 77 runs Getty Images

Bangladesh have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their 77-run defeat against New Zealand in the opening One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side was ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fail to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

As such, Mashrafe has been fined 20 percent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 percent fines. Mashrafe pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Wayne Knights and Chettihody Shamshuddin, third umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth official Chris Brown. Bangladesh have got off to a poor start in their tour of New Zealand by losing the first ODI and now facing fine.

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The second ODI is scheduled to be played on December 29 and the visiting side will like to brush aside their flaws and come hard to level the series. Tom Latham was sublime with a career-best of 137 at Christchurch which propelled Kiwis’ score to 341 for 7. In reply, Bangladesh got bundled out for 264 and thereby conceded a 1-0 lead to the hosts.