Paul Collingwood Banned For Four Matches

England captain Paul Collingwood has received a four-match ban following his side’s failure to bowl its overs in the required time during the match against New Zealand at The Oval, London on Wednesday. the player’s ban will cover England's match against New Zealand on Saturday, the ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh on 18 August and a Twenty20 International and ODI against South Africa on 20 and 22 August. The player met with Emirates Elite Panel ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath on Thursday afternoon where his punishment was determined. A four-ODI or two-Test ban is the minimum punishment allowable under the Level 3 grade. A deficit of more than two overs in an ODI brings with it an automatic Level 2 charge against the captain involved, but if that captain has already been charged and found guilty of the same offence within the preceding 12 months then the penalty imposed is elevated to Level 3. The previous occasion within that time period that England was more than two overs short of its required over-rate was against India in Bristol on 24 August last year. On that occasion the team was (as at The Oval on Wednesday) three overs down and Collingwood was fined 50 per cent of his match fee. On Wednesday, England was ruled to be three overs short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration. © ICC The regulations also state that players shall be docked five per cent of their match fees for every over short of the required mark, with the captain being fined double. As such, each England player is fined 15 per cent of his match fee for the deficit but Collingwood escapes a financial penalty as his punishment has come in the form of the ban instead. The offence under which Collingwood was charged is contained within section J 5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Officials which relates to slow over-rates.