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BCCI planning to ban Rishabh Pant from IPL 2024?

By Rohit - April 4, 2024 - Last updated on Apr 04, 2024 11:26 PM
BCCI planning to ban Rishabh Pant from IPL 2024?

Image: Rishabh Pant breaches code of conduct.

Delhi Capitals' captain Rishabh Pant faced a hefty fine of ₹24 lakh for their team's slow over-rate against Kolkata Knight Riders. This was the second time DC was penalized for exceeding the allotted time for bowling overs. The rest of the playing XI also received fines of ₹6 lakh each. It's important to note that one more slow over-rate offense this season will result in a one-match suspension and an even bigger fine of ₹30 lakh for Pant.

The Delhi Capitals, led by Rishabh Pant, suffered a humiliating 106-run loss against the Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR made history with a monstrous 272-7, the highest ever IPL score by an away team. DC's struggles compounded as they were bowled out for 166, marking their third loss in four games and sinking them to ninth in the standings. Adding insult to injury, the team faces heavy fines for a slow over-rate, with Pant fined ₹24 lakh and teammates (including Abishek Porel) fined ₹6 lakh or 25% of their match fee.

Can BCCI ban Rishabh Pant?

This was the second time DC failed to complete their overs in the allotted time, the previous instance coming in the match against CSK, thus it qualified for an IPL Code of Conduct Breach. The two slow over-rate penalties do not work well for Pant who can be banned for a match and slapped with a fine of 30 lakh in case of a third slow over-rate penalty.

"Rishabh Pant, the Delhi Capitals captain, has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on April 3," said BCCI in an official release.

"As it was his team’s second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Pant was fined INR 24 lakhs. The rest of the members of the Playing XI, including the Impact Player, were each individually fined either INR 6 lakhs or 25 per cent of their respective match fees, whichever is lesser."

Pant reflected on the defeat and rued the wayward bowling. The big defeat also hurt DC's net run-rate but Pant said the team would take a big defeat by going after the target rather than trying to minimise the run-rate damage by saving wickets.

"Our bowlers were all over the place. We just didn't turn up on the day. Today was one of those days," Pant said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"As a batting unit, we only wanted to keep going hard as a team. I would rather get all out as a team than not go for the target," he added.

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