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Azhar Ali banned and fined for slow over-rate

Azhar Ali banned

SYDNEY: International Cricket Council (ICC) announce on Friday that Pakistan’s ODI captain Azhar Ali has been suspended for one match for a slow over rate during the fifth one-dayer against Australia in Adelaide.

The suspension means Azhar will miss Pakistan’s next ODI against the West Indies in April. He was also fined 40% of his match fee, with the other players fined 20% of their fees.

The punishment was imposed by match referee Jeff Crowe after Pakistan was ruled to be two overs short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

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According to the ICC Code of Conduct, players are fined 10% of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time. Their captain is fined double that amount.

Azhar had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence in an ODI against New Zealand in Auckland in late January. The Adelaide offence was the second within a year, triggering the suspension.

Australia won the ODI series 4-1 against Pakistan.

AFP