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IPL: DC captain Pant suspended for one match; fined heavily!

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Last updated on: May 11, 2024 18:53 IST
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IMAGE: Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant was also fined Rs 30 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate against Rajasthan Royals. Photograph: BCCI

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant will miss Sunday's crucial match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru after he was handed a one-match suspension for maintaining a slow over-rate for the third time this IPL season.

 

Pant was also fined Rs 30 lakh for the Code of Conduct breach that took place during DC's 20-run win against Rajasthan Royals on May 7 in New Delhi.

Delhi Capitals were 10 minutes behind time at the start of the final over in the game and  took 117.82 minutes to complete their 20 overs, which was over 30 minutes more than the stipulated 85 minutes.

"Mr Rishabh Pant, Captain, Delhi Capitals has been fined has been fined and suspended for one match for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct after his team maintained a slow over-rate against Rajasthan Royals at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi on May 07, 2024," said a media release from IPL.

Delhi Capitals had been found guilty of maintaining slow over rates against Chennai Super Kings (March 31) and Kolkata Knight Riders (April 3) earlier in the season.

"As it was his team's third offence of the season under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Rishabh Pant was fined INR 30 lakh and suspended for one match."

All other DC players were also penalised.

"The rest of the members of the Playing XI, including the Impact Player, were each individually fined either INR 12 lakh or 50 per cent of their respective match fees, whichever is lesser."

DC filed an appeal challenging the ruling of the match referee which was referred to the BCCI Ombudsman for review. The Ombudsman conducted a virtual hearing.

In the appeal, DC cited multiple reasons for the delay, including that RR batters had hit 13 sixes on the day and Sanju Samson's contentious dismal had consumed "approximately 5-6 minutes and thus the 3-minute allowances granted in lieu of the same is inadequate."

However, the Ombudsman ruled that the match referee's decision is final and binding.

"The Ombudsman conducted a virtual hearing and affirmed that the decision of the Match Referee remains final and binding," the statement added.

DC, who are placed fifth, take on RCB, who are seventh, as both teams look to keep their play-off hopes alive in Bengaluru on Sunday.

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