Zimbabwean captain Elton Chigumbura was handed a two match ban as his side was well short of the appropriate over-rate. This means that Chigumbura’s tour of Pakistan has come to an end as he will miss the remaining two ODIs in Lahore.
It must be noted that Chigumbura was Zimbabwe’s best batsman on the tour so far and made a rapid ton in the first ODI. His absence will be a massive blow to the already depleted Zimbabwean side.
The Zimbabweans were three overs short within the time limit and thus took longer to deliver their quota of 50 overs. As per the ICC guidelines, if a team is two overs short of its target, then it is considered to be a “serious offence”. Roshan Mahanama, the match referee handed Chigumbura with two suspension points.
The ICC said in a press release, “The imposition of two suspension points means that Chigumbura will now miss Zimbabwe’s final two ODIs to be played in Lahore on Friday and Sunday.”
The other Zimbabwean players were charged 40% of their match fees for a slow over rate.