Slow over-rates to cop hefty fine

Teams will be penalised exorbitant amounts for slow over-rates as IPL organisers look to limit match delays.

Guilty captains will be fined $20,000 for a first offence while the entire team will lose $220,000 for the second. The third offence will result in a team fine of $360,000 and a one-match ban for the captain.

‘Last year we found that 59 out of 59 games went overtime by as high as 45 to 50 minutes or an hour,’ said IPL commissioner and chairman Lalit Modi. ‘Each game was being dragged further and further.

‘The reasons were that players were going back and forth with messages and there was a lot of tactics being decided from time to time. So we decided that we’re going to tighten those as far as overs are concerned, time of overs is concerned and time of play is concerned.’

Teams will now have a seven-and-a-half minute strategy break during each innings. This will up the match-time by 15 minutes, but organisers have reasoned this is better than the game dragging on for an hour at a time.