Misbah-ul-Haq is believed to have returned home following the death of his Father-in-Law    Getty Images
Misbah-ul-Haq is believed to have returned home following the death of his Father-in-Law Getty Images

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has been handed a 1-match suspension for maintaining slow over-rate during the first Test against New Zealand at Christchurch. Along with the suspension, Misbah has also been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while his teammates will pay 20 per cent of the match fees from their pockets. Pakistan lost the first Test by weight wickets and will be keen on drawing level in the second Test at Hamilton, scheduled to begin from November 25. Match referee Richie Richardson, imposed the fines and suspension on Pakistan after they were short by two overs at the completion of 103 overs. Full Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Hamilton

According to the ICC media release, 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. This is the second time Misbah has been found guilty of slow over-rate. Misbah was found guilty during the final Test against England at The Oval in August this year. Misbah has been handed the suspension as this is his second offence in a period of 12 months.

Misbah was anyway set to miss the second Test as he has returned home to Pakistan following the death of his Father-in-Law. Azhar Ali will therefore lead the side in Misbah s absence. Misbah s wife Uzma had taken to Twitter to announce the passing away of her father and also mentioned that she is heading back home with her husband.