Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been banned from his country’s first Test against Sri Lanka on Friday after being found guilty of "a serious over-rate offence" during the fifth One-Day International.
The Pakistan team were found to be three overs short of its target, even when time allowances were taken into account, and, as captain, Misbah-ul-Haq must take the flak.
He was given two suspension points - enough for an immediate ban - as required by the ICC Code of Conduct for Players, while his team-mates were fined 40 per cent of their match fees.
The charge was laid by the on-field umpires Paul Reiffel, Ranmore Martinesz, Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Nilan de Silva, with Misbah pleading guilty to all charges and accepting the punishment handed out.
Misbah's suspension is likely to mean that the captaincy will be handed to Mohammad Hafeez for the match in Galle, which starts on Friday.
Pakistan first Test squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Asad Shafiq, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Junaid Khan, Afaq Rahim, Mohammad Ayub, Aizaz Cheema.
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