Central Punjab captain Ahmed Shehzad has been fined 50 percent of his match fee. There is no such evidence that proves Shehzad’s directly involvement in changing the condition of the cricket ball. But Pakistan Cricket Board media release said, the umpires of the game found the condition of the “ball had been unfairly changed by a member of the fielding side”.
Pakistan’s opening batsman pleaded not guilty to the charge. Ahmed emphatically denied that he had tampered with the ball though he accepted the reprimand.
The incident occurred during the 17th over of Sindh’s first innings, according to the PCB. The on-field umpires, Mohammad Asif and Zameer Ahmed reported the incident to the match referee Nadeem Arshad. Nadeem said Shehzad as a captain of the team accused and he had a case to answer.
“Ahmed pleaded not guilty to the charge, and, as such, a hearing took place after the match on Thursday, in which Ahmed was found guilty,” the Pakistan Cricket Board release stated.
“We can agree to disagree in this incident as I maintain that the condition of the ball changed naturally due to the rough playing square and not artificially,” Ahmed said after the verdict. “I tried to convince the match officials, but they insisted and I accept and respect their decision.
“I would never indulge in such an act nor allow any of my teammates to disrespect the game. My priority is to play hard, competitive and result-oriented cricket, and at the same time inspire the younger generation, which watches us play the game.”
It wasn’t the only the case in the game as Azhar Ali and Sohail Khan, copping punishment for getting into an argument during the crucial stages of the game. Azhar Ali found guilty of engaging in a Level 1 offence described in Article 2.9, that deals with throwing a ball at or near a player, support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other third person in an inappropriate or dangerous manner during the game.
Sohail Khan was found guilty of committing an Article 2.10 – Level 1 offence, which pertains to time wasting by any player or team during a match. Both Azhar and Sohail were charged by on-field umpires of the match, Zameer Ahmed and Mohammad Asif.
“Azhar Ali was found guilty of engaging in a Level 1 offence described in Article 2.9, which deals with throwing a ball at or near a player, support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during a match, while Sohail Khan was found guilty of committing an Article 2.10 – Level 1 offence, which pertains to time wasting by any player or team during a match”, the PCB stated.
“Both the players were charged by on-field umpires Mohammad Asif and Zameer Ahmed. As the players accepted the proposed sanctions by match referee Nadeem Arshad, there was no further need for formal hearings.”