Colombo, Jun 20: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been suspended from this week's Galle Test after his side was found guilty of a serious over-rate offence during the fifth and last ODI against Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Monday, a ICC press release said on Tuesday evening.
The Pakistan side was ruled to be three overs short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.
As this was Pakistan's first serious over-rate offence in the past 12 months, Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees handed Misbah two suspension points while each of his players received a 40 per cent fine (10 per cent for each of the first two overs and 20 per cent for the additional over).
The imposition of two suspension points means that Misbah will now miss Pakistan's first Test against Sri Lanka which starts in Galle from Friday, since such suspension points are to be applied to the subsequent international matches in which Misbah is most likely to participate on a chronological basis immediately following the announcement of the decision.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Paul Reiffel of Australia and the Sri Lankan umpire Ranmore Martinesz, both from the International Panel of ICC Umpires, as well as third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth umpire Nilan de Silva (both Sri Lanka).
Misbah pleaded guilty to the charge and the subsequent penalties were accepted without the need for a formal hearing.
Pakistan was also fined for a slow over-rate in the opening ODI of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh in Dhaka on March 11. However, on that occasion, Pakistan was slow by only two overs and the matter was treated as a Minor Over Rate Offence and this latest offence is therefore not treated for the purposes of sanctioning as a second offence within a 12 month period.