IPL 2019: AB de Villiers suggests reduction in innings break to deal with slow over rate issues

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman AB de Villiers has said the Indian Premier League (IPL) should do away with large fines for slow over rates and shorten innings breaks to 10 minutes so matches finish before midnight

Reuters, Apr 19, 2019 16:06:29 IST

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman AB de Villiers has said the Indian Premier League (IPL) should do away with large fines for slow over rates and shorten innings breaks to 10 minutes so matches finish before midnight.

Some IPL evening matches, which start at 8 pm local time, have finished well past midnight this season due to innings stretching beyond the stipulated 90 minutes.

Three captains - Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians), Virat Kohli (RCB) and Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals) – have been fined 1.2 million Indian rupees ($17,290) each for over rate offences and De Villiers said the fines made little impact.

RCB's AB de Villiers in action. Sportzpics

RCB's AB de Villiers in action. Sportzpics

“There’s a system in place whereby the captain is penalised if his team fails to maintain the required over rate while bowling,” De Villiers wrote in a column in The Times of India.

“This involves a fine for the first offence followed by suspension but the impact of these measures appears minimal, roughly equivalent to the weight loss of an obese gentleman who orders two giant hamburgers and a diet Coke.

“One easy fix could be to reduce the break between innings from the current 20 minutes to a manageable 10 minutes.”

Earlier this month, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody had suggested penalty on the team’s net run rate - a rule enforced in the Caribbean Premier League - instead of monetary fine for slow over rates.

De Villiers said such drastic steps would only hurt the competition.

“Some have proposed larger fines, net run rate penalties and points deductions but the competition should not be distorted, De Villiers added.

“A less draconian approach may be more effective.”

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Updated Date: Apr 19, 2019 16:29:51 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254