Australia vs Pakistan 2016/17: Pakistan Fined For Slow Over-Rate During The Boxing Day Test
ICC has added to the woes of Pakistan cricket team as the apex board has slapped the team with a fine for failing to complete the prescribed overs in the allotted period. Pakistan bowlers bowled two overs less in the prescribed period of time, thus inviting a fine of 20% for the team with captain Misbah-ul-Haq being charged double of the amount. Ironically, Wahab Riaz bowled exactly 12 no-balls in the game and those no-balls, in the end, made the difference.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Sundaram Ravi, third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Sam Nogajski in accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
Pakistan lost the second Test and the series as they were bundled out on a score of 163 in the second innings showing no resilience against the mighty Australian bowlers. The fine was not the only thing to worry about for Pakistan as their skipper Misbah–ul-Haq also hinted about retirement soon, which further added to their woes.
The third and final Test match start from January 3 at Sydney. Misbah-ul-Haq is expected to skip the game and also one cannot deny the fact that if he plays, then it can be the last Test match for him.
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