22 Nov 2016

Pakistan cricket captain gets one match ban

3:30 pm on 22 November 2016

The Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been banned for one test and his team fined for their slow over rate during the first test against New Zealand in Christchurch.

The International Cricket Council's ruling means the 42-year-old is ineligible for the second test starting in Hamilton on Friday though he was already set to miss it having returned home following the death of his father-in-law.

A previous over rate offence in the series against England has proved costly for Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq.

A previous over rate offence in the series against England has proved costly for Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq. Photo: Photosport

Pakistan were ruled to have been two overs short of their target in the eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand, the ICC said in a statement.

Misbah's ban was mandatory, having previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the test against England at The Oval in August.

He was fined 40 percent of his match fee and the team 20 percent.

Regular vice-captain Azhar Ali will lead the team in Hamilton, where the touring side will attempt to level the two-match series 1-1.

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