ICC penalise India with 1 WTC Point for poor over-rate in Centurion test against South Africa
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ICC penalise India with 1 WTC Point for poor over-rate in Centurion test against South Africa: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday docked one crucial World Test Championship (WTC) point from India for maintaining a slow over-rate in the Centurion test match. Team India fell one over short of their required target due to which a WTC point has been penalised by the ICC.

During the opening test match against South Africa, team India, though, won the match by 113 runs but lost a crucial one World Test Championship 2021-23 point for their slow over-rate offence.

As per the ICC rules, a WTC point will be docked from the total points accumulated by a team, if they fell short of their required target. For each over bowled after the specified time, a point is fined.

Also, the Indian players were penalised with a 20 per cent match fee for their offence. The charges were imposed by match referee Andy Pycroft. On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Adrian Holdstock have levelled the charges and the players accepted the offence which is why no formal hearing was conducted.

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It is noteworthy that team India has remained guilty of the same offence back in August 2021 during the Nottingham Test against England. Virat Kohli and his men were docked two WTC points for the slow over-rate offence.

The current ICC World Test Championship Cycle will run until 2023. The second edition started with the India tour of England 2021 while it will end in 2023.

Australia had to suffer huge losses during the last WTC cycle as they were penalised with four crucial WTC points from their points table. The Aussies fell just short to enter the final due to the points docked by the ICC.

ICC WTC Points Table
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As of now, in the current ICC World Test Championship 2021-23, India sits at fourth position with a 63.09 win percentage and 53 points in seven matches. Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are ahead of India in the points table with a 100 win percentage for the top two and a 75 win percentage for Pakistan.

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