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DUBAI – The International Cricket Council said on Saturday that Pakistan has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against Australia in the fourth one-day international in Dubai.

According to a communique issued by the ICC, Pakistan’s captain Imad Wasim was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee.

According to the global governing body of cricket, Jeff Crowe of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the fine after Pakistan was found to be short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

Australia defeat Pakistan by 6 runs in 4th ODI

“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount,” the media release stated.

If Pakistan commit another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within 12 months of this offence with Imad as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by him and Imad will face a suspension, it warned.

The statement continued that Imad pleaded guilty to the offense after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

On Friday, Australia defeated Pakistan in a nail-biting encounter by 6 runs despite a debut hundred by Abid Ali and second career century by Mohammad Rizwan in the fourth encounter of the five-match series.

Australia now leads the series with decisive 4-0 as Pakistan struggles to evade a White Wash. The final match of the series is scheduled to be played in Dubai on Sunday.