IND vs ENG 3rd Test: India penalised 5 runs for R Ashwins mistake on ground

In the third Test match between India and England in Rajkot on Friday, India’s batsmen made a second offence by running on the middle of the pitch, which resulted in a five-run penalty. Due to the penalty, England will begin their first-inning total at 5/0 without even a ball being bowled. All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin received a penalty for running in the middle of the pitch. On-field umpire Joel Wilson reprimanded Ashwin.

During the second day of play, Wilson was seen speaking with Ashwin after the third ball of the 102nd over of the India innings for running on the middle of the pitch. The same offence was previously committed by Ravindra Jadeja.

Ashwin carefully worked the ball off Rehan Ahmed and ran for a single, maybe unaware of where he was running, but was eventually sent back by debutant Dhruv Jurel.

As per MCC law 41.14.1, which falls under the Unfair Play section, “It is unfair to cause deliberate or avoidable damage to the pitch. If the striker enters the protected area in playing or playing at the ball, he/she must move from it immediately thereafter.”

“A batter will be deemed to be causing avoidable damage if either umpire considers that his/her presence on the pitch is without reasonable cause.” The rules also say that a team would get “a first and final warning” which will apply throughout the innings.

If any team member commits the same offence again throughout the innings, the batting side will be given a five-run penalty.

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