The ICC says Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been suspended for one Test match and fined 40 percent of his match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first Test against New Zealand at Christchurch.
Misbah would have missed the second Test in any case as he flew back home following the death of his father-in-law.
The 42-year-old was due to leave New Zealand on Sunday evening and the spokesman said it would be "difficult" for him to return in time for the match at Seddon Park.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has already named Azhar Ali to lead Pakistan in the second Test, which starts on Friday at Hamilton.
"We'll miss him definitely," Azhar said.
"We have to cope with that now and whoever comes into the side will take that opportunity and give us runs, as well as the stability he gives us in the middle."
Pakistan team players were also fined 20 percent of their match fee after they were ruled to be two overs short of their target of 103 overs at Christchurch.
Misbah had been found guilty of a minor over-rate offense during the Oval test against England in August, his second offense within a 12-month period.
Pakistan trails the two-test series 1-0 after losing the first test by eight wickets.
First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 21:06 IST