Misbah suspended for one Test for over-rate offence


Lahore—Pakistan cricket captain, Misbah-ul-Haq has been suspended for one Test and fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 20 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during New Zealand’s eight-wicket victory in the Christchurch Test, which ended on Sunday.
Richie Richardson of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension on Misbah after Pakistan was ruled to be two overs short of its target of 103 overs after time allowances were taken into consideration, said an announcement of International Cricket Council here on Monday.
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 Misbah had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during The Oval Test against England in August 2016, this offence constituted his second minor over-rate offence within a 12-month period,” said the statement.
The suspension means Misbah will miss the second Test against New Zealand which starts in Hamilton from November 25.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ian Gould and S.Ravi of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, third umpire Simon Fry of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires, and fourth official Shaun Haig. Meanwhile, Former skipper Wasim Akram Monday said there was a shortage of quality all-rounders in the national cricket team stating that their absence was felt strongly in the Christchurch Test.
Talking to a news channel, the former cricket great noted that Pakistan were unable to play any practice match in New Zealand ahead of the Test due to rainy weather.
This was also one of the reasons that Pakistan team seemed unprepared to face the hosts on the green fast pitch, Wasim said.
New Zealand defeated Pakistan by eight wickets on Sunday in the first Test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. A low-scoring match was wrapped up inside eight sessions after the first day’s washout, with Black Caps’ debutants Jeet Raval and Colin de Grandhomme the highlight of the Test.
Wasim Akram hailed the performance of New Zealand team in the match saying, “It looked clear that they had prepared very well to deal with Pakistan.”—APP