South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been suspended for the third Test against Pakistan because of his team’s slow over-rate in their win over the tourists in Cape Town.
The ICC announced the punishment after South Africa won the second Test by nine wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series, with Du Plessis now to miss the game in Johannesburg from Friday.
The 34-year-old was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players were fined a percentage of their match fees.
South Africa picked an all-pace attack for the match – their four bowlers shared just under 122 overs as they twice bowled Pakistan out, with half an hour added to play on the first three days because of the slow over-rate.
After the three umpires charged the home team, match referee David Boon ruled South Africa were one over short of the minimum target and imposed the punishments.
Du Plessis had previously been found guilty of what the ICC deemed a “minor over-rate offence” against India at Centurion on January 17 last year and so, the statement said, “this offence constituted his second minor over-rate offence within a 12-month period”.
Du Plessis scored a crucial 106 in South Africa’s first innings at Newlands, but he will have to be replaced as captain in the third Test.