London (AFP): Pakistan have been fined for a slow over-rate in the fourth Test against England at The Oval, the International Cricket Council announced Monday.
Match referee Richie Richardson, the former West Indies captain, imposed the fine after Misbah-ul-Haq’s side, who won by 10 wickets on Sunday to draw the four-match series 2-2, were ruled to be one over short of their target of 158 overs when time allowances, which include third umpire referrals, drinks breaks and injuries, were taken into account.
Under the ICC code of conduct, 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.
Consequently, Misbah, who accepted the punishment handed down by Richardson, has been fined 20 percent of his match fee.
If Pakistan commit another minor over-rate breach in a Test within 12 months of this offence with Misbah as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Misbah and he will face a suspension.