Azhar Ali receives one-match suspension for slow over-rate
Dubai [UAE], Jan.27 (ANI): Pakistan's ODI captain Azhar Ali has received a one-match suspension for maintaining a slow over-rate during the fifth and the final ODI against Australia, which the home side went on to win by 57 runs to clinch the series 4-1 in Adelaide on Thursday.
Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension on Azhar after Pakistan was ruled to be two overs short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
In accordance with Article 2.5.1 and Appendix 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which deals with minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
As Azhar had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during an ODI against New Zealand in Auckland on January 31, 2016, this offence constituted his second minor over-rate offence within a 12-month period which leads to a suspension.
The suspension means Azhar will miss his side's next ODI, which is currently scheduled to be against the West Indies in April 2017.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Simon Fry and Chettithody Shamshuddin, third umpire Chris Gaffaney, and fourth official Sam Nogajski.(ANI)