London: Indian cricket captain M.S. Dhoni is facing a one-match Test ban unless his team manages to increase their bowling over-rate in the ongoing Lord’s Test against England.
According to reports, India recorded an over-rate of 13 per hour instead of the required 15 during England’s first innings.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct states that the captain of any team which is found guilty of bowling slow over-rates on three occasions in a 12-month period will face a one-match suspension.
Even if Dhoni do escape punishment on this occasion, the threat is likely to remain throughout the series.
The 30-year-old has already been hit twice this year by the ICC after his team failed to reach the required over-rate during January’s third Test against South Africa and the recent match against the West Indies in Barbados.
The second Test of the four-match series will begin on Friday in Nottingham.