Azhar Ali handed one match suspension for slow over rate

Azhar Ali

Pakistan’s under-fire skipper Azhar Ali has been given a one-match suspension by the ICC for maintaining a slow over-rate during the final ODI against Australia in Adelaide on Sunday. Azhar will miss Pakistan’s next ODI match, which is scheduled in West Indies in April.

The charge was handed over to Ali by on-field umpires Simon Fry and C Shamshuddin, third umpire Chris Gaffaney, and fourth official Sam Nogajski, after Australia won the fifth and final ODI match at Adelaide Oval by 57 runs and secured the series 4-1.

Azhar Ali’s match fee was also deducted by 40%, while the other players were fined 20% of their match fee, as Pakistan happened to be two overs short of their allotted completion time. This was his second minor offense over the last 12 months as he had previously been docked 20% of his match fee after a game against New Zealand in Auckland.

He was also fined 100% of his match fee during a Test against New Zealand at Hamilton late last year after he was appointed stand-in captain in Misbah’s absence.

But the worries are far from over for Ali as it is learned that he may be axed from his role – after a dismal tenure as a captain during which his side slumped to ninth position in ICC rankings – and T20 skipper, Sarfraz Ahmad, is expected to take over the ODI captaincy.

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