Azhar Ali will be suspended for one match if Pakistan maintain slow over-rate again in the next 12 months © AFP (File Photo)
Azhar Ali will be suspended for one match if Pakistan maintain slow over-rate again in the next 12 months © AFP (File Photo)

Pakistan have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their third One-Day Iternational (ODI) match against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand won the match by three wickets and also won the series 2-0. New Zealand won the first mach at Wellington by 70 runs and the second game at Napier was washed out. Pakistan, despite being in a commanding position, could not put up a huge score on the board and were bowled out for just 290 in 47.3 overs. New Zealand chased their revised total of 263 in 43 overs with three balls to spare. Players had to go off as rain had stopped play and as a result the target was revised for New Zealand. Full Scorecard: Pakistan vs New Zealand 2015-16, 3rd ODI at Auckland

According to ICC media release, “David Boon of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Azhar Ali’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to 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. FULL UPDATES: Pakistan vs New Zealand 2015-16, 3rd ODI at Auckland

As such, Azhar has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines. If Pakistan commits another minor over-rate breach in ODIs within 12 months of this offence with Azhar as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Azhar and he will face a suspension. Azhar pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.