Following the first test against New Zealand, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been handed a one-match suspension from the ICC due to a slow over rate. Misbah and his fielding side fell two overs short of the minimum overs bowled target (103) including extended time allowance, resulting in the captain being fined 40% of his match fee and the rest of the Pakistan team receiving a 20% deduction of their match fee. Although the one-match ban will have no impact on Misbah personally, scheduled to fly back to Pakistan on Sunday due to the death of his father-in-law.
Another run-in with slow over rates back in August against England meant that the ICC had to step in due to their policy, two minor over-rate offences and the captain receives a one-match suspension along with a deduction from his match fee, as well as the rest of the team. Although Misbah will be a huge loss to the Pakistan side, he didn’t exactly set the world on fire in the first test scoring just 31 and 13.
Test vice-captain Azhar Ali is expected to play the role as the stand in skipper in Misbah’s absence.
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