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ICC hands Azhar Ali one match ban for slow over-rate
Pakistan tour of Australia

ICC hands Azhar Ali one match ban for slow over-rate

Azhar Ali has been slapped one match ban and fined 40 percent match fee by the ICC after his side fell two overs short of the of its target during the fifth and final ODI against Australia at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

His players were fined 20 percent of their match fees.

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 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

This is Azhar’s second minor offence in a year’s time which led to his suspension for a match. Pakistan are scheduled to play their next ODI in April against the West Indies.

However, the 31-year-old may not don the captain’s hat in the contest as the PCB is contemplating handing the ODI captaincy to wicketkeeper-batsman and current T20I captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan have had a disastrous tour of Down Under as they were drubbed 4-1 by Australia in the five-match series. Their skipper’s ordinary scores of 24, 7, and 6 came under scrutiny as he failed to provide substantial opening stands to his side along with Sharjeel Khan.

The right-handed batsman missed the second and third one-dayers as he injured his hamstring during the first ODI.

Earlier Azhar was fined 100 percent of his match fee for a slow over-rate during the second Test against the New Zealand.