Holder suspended for second Test against Kiwis


West Indies captain Jason Holder has been suspended for the second Test against New Zealand, starting on Saturday, for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first game of the series in Wellington.

Holder was also fined 60 per cent of his match, while his players have been fined 30 per cent of their match fees as the Windies fell to a 67-run defeat at the Basin Reserve.

Match referee Chris Broad imposed the suspension on Holder after the Windies were ruled to be three overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

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In accordance with Article 2.5.1 and Appendix 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which deals with minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

As Holder had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the Jamaica Test against Pakistan in April 2017, this offence constituted his second minor over-rate offence in a Test match within a 12-month period.

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth official Wayne Knights.