Pakistani Team Faces Another Setback: Following a defeat by one wicket against South Africa, the Pakistani team has encountered a major setback from the ICC. In this match, the Pakistani team was unable to complete their overs within the stipulated time, leading to penalties being imposed on them.
Pakistan Cricket Team While witnessing a dismal performance by the Pakistan cricket team in the World Cup 2023, they now face heavy penalties from the ICC. The match played against South Africa on October 27th in Chennai resulted in a close defeat for the Pakistani team. Following this loss, their path to reach the semi-finals has become considerably more difficult. Additionally, the ICC has levied a penalty of a percentage of the match fee due to the slow over-rate in the match.
Pakistan Was Four Overs Behind Schedule
The ICC, in its statement imposing penalties on the Pakistan team, mentioned that under Babar Azam’s leadership, Pakistan threw four overs short of the scheduled time against South Africa. As a result, match referee Richie Richardson has imposed a 20% penalty on them for the match fee. According to ICC Code of Conduct Rule 2.22, if a team throws one over short of the designated time, a penalty of 5% of the match fee is imposed. Hence, Pakistan faced a penalty of 20% for being four overs behind schedule. Captain Babar Azam has acknowledged the mistake and stated that there was no need for a formal hearing in this matter.
A Challenging Path for Pakistan to Reach the Semi-Finals
The Pakistan cricket team has played six matches in the World Cup 2023, winning two and losing four. They currently stand in sixth place on the points table with four points. To advance to the semi-finals, they will have to win all their remaining matches, and their fate also depends on the results of other matches. Pakistan’s next match is against Bangladesh on October 31st at Kolkata’s ground. Following that, they are set to face New Zealand on November 4th in Bengaluru, and their final match in the tournament is against England on November 11th at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.