Pakistan’s celebrations after their victory over England in the first Test at Lord’s soured a bit after they were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Test. Sarfraz and Co. were deemed to be three overs short of their stipulated time, and as a result, captain Sarfraz was fined 60 percent of his match fee, while the rest of the team copped a 30 percent fine.
“Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Sarfraz Ahmed’s side was ruled to be three overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration,” ICC announced via a press release on Monday (May 28).
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.
This means Sarfraz could face suspension if Pakistan commit another minor over-rate breach in a Test within a span of 12 months of this offence. “Sarfraz pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.” added ICC.
On-field umpires Paul Reifell and Rod Tucker, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Rob Bailey levied the charges. Pakistan beat England by nine wickets in the first Test and took a 1-0 lead in the series. The second Test starts at Headingley on Friday (June 2).