Pakistan fined for slow over-rate in first Test

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee, with the rest of the players fined 30 per cent.

Pakistan won the first Test to take 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.   -  Getty Images

Pakistan has been fined for a slow over-rate in its first Test win over England at Lord's.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee, with the rest of the players fined 30 per cent.

If Pakistan commit another offence inside 12 months with Sarfraz as captain, he will be suspended.

In announcing the sanctions, the International Cricket Council said Sarfraz had pleaded guilty and as such avoided a formal hearing.

Pakistan won by nine wickets on Sunday to take the lead in the two-Test series.

Jeff Crowe, of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, imposed the fine after Sarfraz's side was ruled to be three overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Rob Bailey.

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