Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Pakistan fined, fall in ICC test rankings

Hamilton: Drop in rankings follows huge collapse in Hamilton, while players are fined for over-rate offence. Pakistan’s 2-0 series defeat in New Zealand has been compounded by the news that the entire team has been fined for maintaining a slow over rate in the second Test in Hamilton. The tourists lost their last seven wickets for just 31 runs on Tuesday as New Zealand claimed a 138-run win at Seddon Park and secured their first series win over Pakistan since 1985. Things got worse for Pakistan later in the day with news that stand-in skipper Azhar Ali had been fined 100 per cent of his match fee and his teammates 50 per cent after they were ruled to be five overs short of their over rate target. ICC match referee Richie Richardson imposed the sanction in accordance with the ICC’s Code of Conduct, and it was accepted by Ali.  Incredibly, regular skipper Misbah-ul-Haq had been suspended for the Test after he was also found guilty of maintaining a slow over rate during the first Test in Christchurch.

The series loss to the Black Caps has also seen Pakistan slip from second to fourth in the ICC’s Test rankings, dropping seven points to be tied with South Africa but ahead on decimal points. Despite losing their recent series to the Proteas, Australia have moved up a spot and are on 105 points, level with England, whose defeat to India in Mohali on Tuesday saw them slump to a 2-0 series deficit with two Tests to play. Pakistan, who were crowned world No.1 earlier this year for the very first time, have fallen even further behind India, who have a 10-point lead at the top of the standings. Pakistan will now head to Australia for a three-Test series, starting in Brisbane on December 15.

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