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West Indies were penalised 20% of their match money for their sluggish over rate in the first T20I

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined the West Indies squad for sustaining a sluggish over-rate against India in the opening T20I encounter on Friday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has removed 20% of the match money after West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran pleaded guilty to the charges and match referee Richie Richardson issued the sanction.

West Indies scored just 122 runs when chasing a 191-run mark in the opening match at Tarouba’s Brian Lara Stadium. Indian bowlers, particularly spinners, outplayed the hosts’ batting, with opener Shamarh Brooks hitting the most runs (20). Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, and Arshdeep Singh each claimed two wickets to lead India to a 68-run victory. West Indies played all 20 overs, although they did not finish their overs in the allocated time, according to the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

The Indian squad was fined the same amount twice this month for sustaining a sluggish over-rate. Under Shikhar Dhawan’s leadership, the Men in Blue were penalized 20% of the match fee in the first ODI against the West Indies. And 40% of the match money in the rescheduled fifth Test against England, captained by Jasprit Bumrah. Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has advocated harsher restrictions regarding slow over rate and feels that match fee reduction is no longer effective.

India earlier won a three-match ODI series against the hosts and are obvious favorites to do the same in T20Is. On Monday and Tuesday, both teams will play their second and third games at Basseterre, St Kitts, and Nevis. The team will next fly to the United States for the last two matches, which will be contested at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.