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Sarfaraz Ahmed Penalized For Slow-Over Rate Offence

Exactly what the ancestors say, never predict what Pakistan will be doing on the day, they will end up shocking you. After a horrendous display against the Windies, they chipped in with an outstanding performance with the bat and ball, powered by Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz, which saw the hot favourites go down surprisingly.

Pakistan posted a massive first innings total on the back of brilliant knocks from Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed. In the second innings, the home team fought well as the duo of Joe Root and Jos Buttler racked up fabulous centuries each, but their efforts got outshined by a collective performance from the Pakistani bowlers. However, their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was fined 20% of his match fee for not completing the quota of overs in time.

Pakistan were ruled to have bowled one over less when all the time allowances were taken into consideration. While Sarfaraz Ahmed has been fined 20% of his match fee, the other players in the team have also been charged 10 percent of their match fee according to the rules. The captain is always charged double than the other teammates. Pakistan should now be careful in terms of their over rate as Sarfaraz could be banned if they repeat the offence again.

Sarfaraz accept to the offence

The ICC, on its official website, confirmed the news and with Sarfaraz Ahmed admitting to the offence, there was no need of a formal hearing. The sanction was proposed by the match referee Jeff Crowe while the on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and S Ravi, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth official Chris Gaffney levelled the charges.

Moreover, Pakistan were actually three overs short at the scheduled cut-off for the innings but the ICC is likely to apply discretion in the tense World Cup games which was one case in Nottingham. Also, the captain can be banned for two matches if their team is more than two overs behind in over-rates.

In other incidents, Jofra Archer and Jason Roy were also found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct and were fined 15% of their match fee each apart from adding one demerit point to their disciplinary record.