Azhar Ali has been fined 40 per cent of his match fees for slow over-rate    Getty Images
Azhar Ali has been fined 40 per cent of his match fees for slow over-rate Getty Images

Pakistan‘s One-Day International (ODI) skipper Azhar Ali has been found guilty of slow-over rate in the fifth and final tie of the five-match series against Australia. Azhar has been fined 40 per cent of his match fees and also been handed a suspension for the next ODI that Pakistan plays. The team, meanwhile, has been fined 20 per cent of their match fees for being slow in the over-rate. Australia came out victorious in the final game at Adelaide, thus winning the series 4-1. ICC match referee Jeff Crowe imposed the suspension on Azhar after Pakistan were found two over’s short of its target in the permitted time limit.

According to ICC press-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.”

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. AUS vs PAK ODI series 2016-17: Marks out of 10 for both teams

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.