Blow for Pakistan : Mishab Ul Haq suspended for upcoming test against New Zealand


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq will miss the action from the second Test against New Zealand at Hamilton for being handed a one-match suspension by the International Cricket Council for his side’s slow over-rate in the first Test at Christchurch.

This, however, does not come as a total shock for the Pakistan team as the skipper was already set to miss the second Test. Misbah returned home on Sunday evening to attend the funeral of his father-in-law.

The Pakistan captain was fined 40% of his match fees, while others from the team were fined 20% of their fees after the first Test. The visitors had fallen short by two overs of its target of 103 overs after the time allowance was taken into consideration. On a word of facts, Misbah is not really new to being suspended for slow over-rates. He was found guilty of a over-rate offence earlier this year during the Oval Test against England. Since this is the second time he has been charged with an offence within a twelve month period, it results in immediate suspension in the next match of the same format.

Ian Gould and S Ravi were the umpires who found Misbah guilty of slow over-rate. Also involved were third umpire Simon Fry, and fourth official Shaun Haig.

In Christchurch, Misbah’s display with the bat was shoddy, where he got out for 13 and 31 in the two innings he played.

Misbah has incidentally missed only one Test previously since being chosen as Pakistan captain for the same reason. In 2012, he had to miss a Test against Sri Lanka in 2012, when too he was suspended for slow over-rate.

The Pakistan team is trailing 0-1 in the two-match Test series against New Zealand. The first Test was lost by 8 wickets, where they found their batsmen in all sorts of discomfort against the pace of Colin de Grandhomme.

The second Test will begin in Hamilton on November 25.

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