Pakistan fined for slow-over rate in the second test

Pakistan fined for slow-over rate in the second test
The Pakistan and New Zealand (back) teams walk from the field at the end of the first cricket Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hagley Park in Christchurch on November 20, 2016. / AFP / Marty MELVILLE (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

After losing the second test against New Zealand, Pakistan have been fined for having a slow over-rate during the Hamilton test.

Pakistan were well on course to at least saving the game if not winning it, but, a drastic collapse of batting line-up in the last session of the day cost them the match. They lost 9 wickets on just 71 runs. New Zealand won the game by 138 runs and claimed the two-match test series by 2-0.

Pakistan’s difficulties did not end there as Richie Richardson of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees fined Azhar Ali for 100 percent of his match fee and his team for 50 percent of the match fee for maintaining slow over-rate in the second test.

As per Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which deals with minor over-rate offences, players will be fined 10 percent of the match fee for each over they failed to bowl and the captain will be fined double that amount.

Pakistan were 5 overs short, thus players were fined for 50 percent of their match fee, whereas, Azhar Ali fined for 100 percent of his match fee.

Azhar Ali accepted the offence, so there was no need for official hearing.

Moreover, Pakistan fell to 4th position from second spot in the ICC test ranking after losing the series by 2-0.