Chigumbura suspended for rest of series


Zimbabwe will be without captain Elton Chigumbura for the rest of the ODI series against Pakistan in Lahore, as he has been suspended for two matches due to a slow over rate in the opening match.

The Zimbabwe side was ruled to be three overs short of their target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.

As such, ICC remote match referee Roshan Mahanama handed Chigumbura 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 third over), as required in the ICC Code of Conduct.

The ICC said: "The offence is contrary to Article 2.5.2 of the Code which relates to serious over-rate offences only and reads: 'where the actual over rate in any Test Match or any other International Match of at least four days in duration is more than five overs short of the Minimum Over Rate, or, in any One Day International Match, Twenty20 International Match or any other International Match of fifty (50) or twenty (20) overs per side, is more than two overs short of the Minimum Over Rate, such an offence shall be considered a 'Serious Over Rate Offence'.

The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Russell Tiffin, third umpire Ahmed Shahab and reserve umpire Shozab Raza.

Chigumbura pleaded guilty to the charge and the subsequent penalties were accepted without the need for a formal hearing.

If Chigumbura is found guilty of a second serious over-rate offence in an ODI over the next 12 months, he will receive a sanction of between two and eight suspension points as per the provisions of the Code.