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Hardik and Mumbai Indians' problems continue to grow

May 18, 2024 10:36 IST

Hardik Pandya

IMAGE: Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya was fined Rs 30 lakh for slow over-rate in the IPL match against Lucknow Super Giants on Friday and also suspended from the team's 2025 opener. Photograph: BCCI

Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya has been fined Rs 30 lakh and suspended from his team's opening match of the next edition of the Indian Premier League for slow over-rate offence for the third time in the competition.

With Mumbai Indians' IPL 2024 campaign ending on Friday after their last league game against Lucknow Super Giants, Pandya's suspension will only come into effect during team's opening game next season.


"Hardik Pandya, the Mumbai Indians captain, has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during their IPL 2024 match against Lucknow Super Giants at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on May 17," read a media statement from the IPL.

"As it was his team's third offence of the season under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences, Pandya was fined Rs 30 lakh and banned from playing the team's next match," it added.

All other members of the team, including 'Impact Player' Rohit Sharma, have been fined 50 percent or Rs 12 lakh of their respective match fees, whichever is lower.

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

There is no fixed rule but usually the team management pays the fine on behalf of its players. The players hardly lose anything financially.