Azhar handed one-match ban for slow over-rate


Pakistan one-day international captain Azhar Ali has been handed a one-match ban by the ICC, due to his side's slow over-rate during the final match of their tour of Australia.

Azhar - whose position as captain is under further scrutiny following Pakistan's 4-1 ODI series defeat in Australia - had already been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence in New Zealand last January.

And his second offence in a 12-month period - Pakistan were ruled to be two overs short of their target in Adelaide on Thursday - has led to a suspension.

In addition to his one-game ban, Azhar has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, with his players all receiving 20 per cent fines.

Pakistan's next ODI is scheduled for April, when they are due to tour the West Indies.