ICC suspends and fines Azhar Ali for slow over-rate

ICC suspends and fines Azhar Ali for slow over-rate
Azhar Ali

Problems for Pakistan’s ODI skipper, Azhar Ali, has not ended with the conclusion of Australia’s tour as he has been suspended for an ODI by the ICC for maintaining a slow over-rate in the final contest of the series. Moreover, ICC has imposed a fine of 40 percent of match fee on the captain and 20 percent of match fee on players.

It was Azhar Ali’s second slow over-rate offence in the last 12 months, Pakistan earlier maintained a slow-over rate on January 31 last year under his leadership.

The suspension means that Azhar Ali is likely to miss the first ODI against West Indies, which is scheduled to be played in April, 2017.

ICC Match Referee, Jeff Crowe ruled that Azhar & Co. were four overs short of the target.

Pakistan had a forgettable time in Australia during the ODI series where they lost 4-1 to the hosts. Azhar Ali suffered a hamstring injury in the first game of the series and missed the next two games of the campaign.