Slow going costly for Pakistan with fine for over rate in test loss to the Black Caps
Stand-in Pakistan test captain Azhar Ali has emulated his predecessor in being fined for his team's slow over rate in the test defeat to the Black Caps at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Azhar was fined his full match fee after Pakistan lost its last nine wickets in the final session on day five to lose the test by 138 runs, and the series 2-0.
The International Cricket Council said match referee Richie Richardson imposed the fine on Azhar after Pakistan was ruled to be five overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.
Pakistan's players were also fined 20 per cent of their match fees. The ICC also said that Azhar pleaded guilty and accepted the proposed sanctions.
Azhar replaced regular captain Misbah-ul-Haq for the second test after the ICC suspended Misbah for one test match for maintaining a slow over-rate during Pakistan's first test loss in Christchurch.
Misbah was banned for one test match because it was his second offence during a 12-month period following another sluggish effort against England at The Oval in August.
Misbah would have missed the second test in any case as he flew back home because of death of his father-in-law.
In the series opener in Christchurch, Pakistan were ruled to be two overs short of their target of 103 overs at Hagley Oval, where they were defeated by eight wickets.