The organisers of the CPL took proactive steps to address the issue of slow-over rates during this season. One of the measures introduced was the implementation of a red card for the fielding side if they were identified as lagging behind the stipulated pace at the commencement of the final over of an innings.
As a result of this penalty, a team is deprived of a player of the captain’s choosing and is obligated to station six fielders within the inner circle.
The issue of slow over-rates has plagued the game, with matches often spilling over their stipulated time. The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced fines for international teams found behind schedule in all three formats and also docks World Test Championship points.
The Knight Riders were left with 10 men for the final over their match against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots but still prevailed by six wickets, their first victory in three matches.
Narine had completed his quota of four overs, with figures of 24-3, before he was withdrawn for the final over of the Patriots’ innings, which yielded 18 runs.
Nicholas Pooran’s 61 off 32 balls laid the foundation for the Knight Riders’ successful chase before captain Kieron Pollard (37) and Andre Russell (23) took them home with 17 balls remaining at Warner Park in Basseterre.
Pollard was unhappy with the overs-rate penalty.
“To be honest, it will take away the hard work everyone has done,” he said. “We are like the pawns and we are going to do what we are told.
“We are going to play as fast as we can. If you are penalised for 30-45 seconds in a tournament like this, it is absolutely ridiculous.”
(With Reuters Inputs)