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ICC hands Azhar Ali one-match suspension for slow over-rate

Azhar Ali had a disappointing ODI series
Azhar Ali had a disappointing ODI series

International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday confirmed that Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali will face a one-match suspension following his team's poor over-rate in the recently concluded fifth One-Day International against Australia in Adelaide.

Apart from the ban, the 31-year-old was also docked 40 per cent of his match fee while his team-mates were charged 20 per cent after the men in green were found two overs short of the allocated quota taking into consideration the time allowances.

As a result, Ali will now miss the first ODI in Pakistan's tour of West Indies in April.

He was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee for a slow over-rate in the recent ODI against New Zealand and in the second Test against the same opponent, he was docked 100 per cent of his match fee as well when he captained the team in the place of Misbah-ul-Haq.

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Simon Fry and C Shamshuddin, third umpire Chris Gaffaney, and fourth official Sam Nogajski.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan hinted that Ali's future as a captain will depend on the result of the ODI series against Australia which they went on to lose 4-1, while the Test series also ended in a 0-3 defeat for the visitors.

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