SUSPENDED: SA's Faf du Plessis. Photo:BACKPAGEPIX

Calls for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to modify its policy for slow over rates are growing.

Last month, Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was suspended for the Wanderers Test against Pakistan for the offence.

Cricket South Africa criticised the decision of match referee David Boon as the match ended inside four days.

They said: “There could be a bit of flexibility given the four-pronged seam attack, taking 20 wickets within three days and playing a general positive brand of cricket, rather than trying to delay/slow down the match”.

This week, West Indies captain Jason Holder suffered the same punishment after his team’s series-clinching win over England, which finished in three days, meaning he will miss the final match which starts on Saturday.

And Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron says: “We will, of course, abide by the ICC ruling, but we have to wonder if such punitive action at a pivotal stage of the series is good for cricket.

“What a shame if the series is remembered not for the sparkling play of the reinvigorated West Indies players, but for a crippling decision made by a rule that ought to be modified.”

Former England ace Michael Vaughan and Australian legend Shane Warne also slammed the ICC.

Vaughan tweeted: “The game really doesn’t help itself.

Warne added: “The test didn’t go three days. What a ridiculous decision. Where’s the common sense here?”

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