Monday, January 21, 2013

AB de Villiers receives a two-match ban for slow over rate

South Africa cricket team will have to play the rest of the matches of the ODI series against New Zealand without the ODI captain, AB de Villiers. He has been banned for two one-day internationals due to slow over-rate in Saturday’s game against New Zealand.
In the absence of AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis will lead the team in second and third ODI matches in Kimberley on Tuesday and Potchefstroom on Friday. David Miller has been recalled to fill up the gap as a batsman.
According to the judgment of the match referee, David Boon, the Proteas were six overs short of their target. If De Villiers is found guilty of the same offence in the next 12 months then he will face a heavier suspension. Because of the slow over-rate in Saturday’s match, his teammates were fined of their match fees.
If De Villiers repeats his actions, he could receive a ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for eight one-day internationals or four Tests.
The host nation, South Africa, lost the first ODI match by one wicket in Paarl. Now, they will have to win the second ODI match to level the series and keep their hope alive of winning the trophy.