New Zealand vs Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq suspended for second Test

Misbah-ul-Haq had been found guilty of over-rate offense during the Oval Test against England in August, his second offense within a 12-month period.

By: AP | Islamabad | Published:November 21, 2016 5:29 pm
Misbah Ul Haq, Misbah New Zealand Test, Misbah Pakistan, Pakistan over rate, Pakistan slow over, new zealand vs pakistan, nz vs pak, nz pak, cricket news, sports news Misbah-ul-Haq was any way missing the second Test due to a family illness. (Source: AP File photo)

The ICC says Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been suspended for one Test match and fined 40 percent of his match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first Test against New Zealand at Christchurch.

Misbah would have missed the second Test in any case as he flew back home following the death of his father-in-law.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has already named Azhar Ali to lead Pakistan in the second Test, which starts on Friday at Hamilton.

Pakistan team players were also fined 20 percent of their match fee after they were ruled to be two overs short of their target of 103 overs at Christchurch.

Misbah had been found guilty of a minor over-rate offense during the Oval Test against England in August, his second offense within a 12-month period.

Pakistan trails the two-Test series 1-0 after losing the first Test by eight wickets.