World Test Championship WTC:
World Test Championship (WTC) Indian cricket team has lost one WTC point for their slow over-rate offense against South Africa in the first test match. And Virat Kohli and Co. were fined 20% of their match fees by match referee Andrew Pycroft.
In their released statement ICC said that in accordance with article 2.22 of ICC code of conduct players and others who are related to minimum rate offenses, players are fined for 20% of their match fees every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
and in addition with WTC article 16.11, a side will be penalized for one point for each over short, and for their slow over-rate offense, the Indian team will lose their one point from the tally.
In total the Indian team has 3 points in this current World Test Championship, the Indian team got 2 points docked for their slow over-rate in the Nottingham test in 2021.
India right now sitting on 4th number in the current World Test Championship tally as they have now 53 points, India has four wins one loss, and two drawn tests, they are currently behind Australia, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
Apart from India, England is the only side who lost their points because of a slow over-rate offense, England has 10 points because of slow, over-rate offense and currently, they are on 7th number in the points table as they have only 6 points to their name.
Losing the points can be dangerous, as it can affect the team’s race for the final, Australian cricket team has tasted his before as they were docked for four points which denied them place in the final of the 2019-21 WTC.
The finalist of the World Test Championship is decided on the basis of points won and with this criteria, Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are ahead of India.