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Pakistan have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in the fourth Test against England, which concluded at The Oval on Monday.
The Misbah-ul-Haq-led side trounced England by 10 wickets in the fourth and final Test, thanks to veteran batsman Younis Khan’s double century and leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s five wicket-haul in the second innings.
Richie Richardson of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Misbah’s side were ruled to be one over short of its target of 158 overs when time allowances were taken into consideration.
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.
As such, Misbah has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines. 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.
Misbah pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.