The first Test between West Indies and New Zealand left a sour taste for the former. New Zealand won the match by an inning and 67 runs. The visitors were all out at 134 runs, while New Zealand scored 520 in their first inning. Batting in second inning West Indies was all out for 319, losing the match.
Leaving aside the defeat, captain Jason Holder of Indies was charged for maintain a slow over rate in the match. The player is suspended from one Test apart from being fined 60% of the match fee. The charge did not end here. The whole team was fined for 30% of their individual match fees. Allegedly, the West Indies team maintained slow over rate in throughout the innings. The match was at Wellington.
In the match, West Indies was three overs short of the target delivery of overs in allowed time. For each over, players are charged 10%, amounting to 30% for three overs. Holder was charged double of the players at 20% per over. Umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker charged the team along with Bruce Oxford and Wayne Knight, the umpires. The suspension of Holder was charged by Chris Broad, the match referee. The instance is not the first when Holder was found guilty of slowing down overs. It is his second such offence, which lead to his suspension. The captain was also fined in the Test against Pakistan earlier this year.
West Indies is on New Zealand tour for a full tournament across the formats. The team will play two Test matches, three ODI and three T20Is in the series. The ODIs will begin from December 20, while the T20 matches will start from Dec 29. The last match in the shortest format is on January 3, which will end the tour. The second Test at Hamilton will not feature the captain.
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