Holder handed one-match suspension

holder-taylorThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has imposed a one-match suspension against West Indies captain Jason Holder for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

This is Holder’s second offence in 12 months and as such he has been handed the suspension apart from being fined 40 percent of his match fees.

The rest of the West Indies team members were also fined 20 percent of their match fees after they were found to be two overs short of their required target.

This development means that Holder will not be able to take part in the second ODI against Sri Lanka which will get underway on 4th November in Colombo.

West Indies were earlier fined for a slow over-rate in January this year against South Africa which was Holder’s first such minor over-rate offence.

In a media release, the ICC confirmed the suspension handed to Holder and stated that there was no need for a formal hearing as the 23-year-old accepted the suspension.

“West Indies has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Colombo which concluded on Sunday, with Jason Holder also receiving a one match suspension for the offence.

“David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine and suspension after Holder’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

“Holder pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.”

West Indies lost the rain-affected first ODI in Colombo on Sunday by one-wicket after the game was reduced to a 26-overs a side contest. (Courtesy cricketworld.com)

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