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ICC fines New Zealand for slow over-rate

New Zealand were found two overs short of the allotted time to complete their overs
New Zealand were found two overs short of the allotted time to complete their overs
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has docked a percentage of match fees of New Zealand players following their recently concluded Champions Trophy encounter against England at Sophia Gardens on Tuesday.

The Black Caps were found to be two overs short from the allotted quota despite dismissing England in 49.3 overs.

As a result skipper Kane Williamson will lose 40 per cent of his match fees with the remaining players slammed with 20 per cent fine.

A statement released by the ICC revealed that another such offence will lead to a ban for skipper Williamson.

"If there is a second minor over-rate offence committed by New Zealand during the event with Williamson as captain, he will be suspended for one match," the ICC said in a statement.

New Zealand went on to lose the game against England by 87 runs chasing 311 despite a solid 87 run knock from Williamson.

For New Zealand to make it to the semi-final, they will have to beat Bangladesh in the final round and will be hoping for Eoin Morgan's men to emerge victorious against Australia.

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