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Bengal players fined

Calcutta: The celebrations after Bengal’s 48-run win over Railways, on Sunday, was peppered with caution as captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla and teammates were fined by Match Referee Rajendra Jadeja for their slow over-rate in the quarter-final tie.

Bengal were found to be seven overs short in the first innings and four in the second.

Shukla was docked his full match fees while the other players lost 50 per cent of their match fees for the offence.

It is important to note that this was Bengal’s second serious over-rate offence of the season as they were found guilty of the same fault in the match against Saurashtra as well.

Bengal, especially Shukla, will have to be extremely careful now. If they are again found wanting in maintaining the required over-rate in the semi-final, Shukla, as the captain, may be banned for one match. So if Bengal are victorious against Maharashtra, but fail to get their over-rate correct, Shukla might have to miss the final.

As per the norms, if a team is five or more overs short, it is classified as a serious offence.

Meanwhile, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, as promised, has announced a reward of Rs 10,00,000 for the team.

After congratulating the team inside the Bengal dressing room, Dalmiya said: “This victory is not a fluke… The Bengal team deserved to win. If we win the semi-final match, I promise that the reward will be even bigger.”

Actor Jeet, too, congratulated the team inside the dressing room. However, there were rumours that a BCCI anti-corruption unit officer, who was present at the Eden, wasn’t too happy with the fact that the dressing room was accessible to an outsider.