International ODI Cricket

Azhar Ali suspended for slow over rate

Blessing in disguise for Pakistani fans?

Pakistan’s ODI captain Azhar Ali has been slapped with a one-game suspension by the ICC as a result of his side’s slow over rate during the fifth and final ODI against Australia in Adelaide this past Sunday. The ODI skipper will miss Pakistan’s next ODI, which comes on the tour of West Indies this April.

Azhar was additionally docked 40% of his match charge, while the players were fined 20%, after Pakistan were observed to be two overs shy of their objective once time remittances were contemplated.

Thursday’s match was Azhar’s second minor over-rate offense in ODIs in the course of the most recent 12 months: on January 31, he was fined 20% of his match expense after a diversion against New Zealand in Auckland. Azhar was additionally fined 100% of his match charge amid a Test against New Zealand in Hamilton in November, when he was remain in chief in Misbah-ul-Haq’s nonappearance.

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Simon Fry and C Shamshuddin, third umpire Chris Gaffaney, and fourth authority Sam Nogajski, and came toward the finish of a disillusioning arrangement for Azhar. Pakistan were beaten 4-1, after Australia’s 57-run win in the fifth match, even as Azhar battled with the bat and his wellness. He scored 24 keeps running in the main ODI before missing two matches because of a hamstring niggle. On his arrival, he scored 7 and 6 in the last two ODIs.

The outcome in Australia, and a temperamental residency as commander amid which Pakistan dropped to ninth on the ODI rankings, may bring about Azhar being chopped out from the part. It is found out that PCB executive Shaharyar Khan, boss selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed, the head mentor at the National Cricket Academy are joined in their conviction that Sarfraz Ahmed, who leads Pakistan’s T20 side, ought to assume control over the ODI captaincy.

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