Captain Sarfraz fined for slow over-rate

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been handed a fine for an over-rate offence following his side’s crushing  victory against hosts England on Sunday.  The International Cricket Council (ICC) fined Sarfraz 60 percent of his match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in the recently concluded Test match  at Lord’s. The visitors won the match  by nine wickets  to take 1-0 lead in the two-match series.Sarfraz named Pakistan's new Test captain

According to an ICC press release, Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Pakistan were ruled to be three overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.  Apart from Sarfraz Ahmed, the other players have been fined 30 percent of their match fee.

In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

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To be noted, if Pakistan commit another minor over-rate breach under Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy in a Test within 12 months of this offence, it will be deemed a second offence by Sarfraz and he will face a suspension.