Misbah-ul-Haq in danger of one-match ban for slow over rate

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has become the latest captain under threat of a ODI suspension for maintaining a sluggish over-rate, after Pakistan fell 2 overs short of their target in the initial match of the Asia Cup, against Bangladesh in Mirpur.

Misbah-ul-Haq was fined 40 percent of his match payment for the offence while the rest of the cricketers were docked 20 percent, but Misbah will face a suspension if his team have one more over-rate transgression in an ODI in the next twelve months. Since the ICC made the laws regarding over-rates tighter, after their yearly meeting in Hong Kong in June a year ago, India’s skipper MS Dhoni has been suspended for both a Test and an ODI, while Shane Watson is also in chance of a suspension after Australia failed to finish their overs in time in the 3rd final of the CB series.

David Boon was the match-referee for Pakistan’s match against Bangladesh and ruled that Pakistan were too sluggish in finishing their overs, after taking delays into consideration. Pakistan fell behind the rate despite only 18.1 of the 48.1 overs being bowled by quick bowlers, and will have to be watchful over the next twelve months to avoid losing their skipper for a game.

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