Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has slammed the New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for creating an issue about Mohammad Hafeez’s action without any reason during the first One-Day International game in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
At the end of the first over by Hafeez, the Kiwi veteran made a gesture to the on-field umpire, bending his right-arm and suggesting that Hafeez was chucking. This made Sarfraz furious and he had a long argument with the umpire for this ‘disgraceful’ gesture done by the batsman.
Ahmed said, “I will say that Taylor’s action was not correct. It is not his job to give the action which was shown on TV. It was disgraceful, for me. His job is to do batting and if he concentrates on that, it will be better. I complained to umpires that his action did not come under sportsmanship.”
When asked for an opinion on the Ross Taylor’s gesture, the captain of the Men in Green shared that he should not have done that because he is out there to bat and should only concentrate in doing that.
“Ross is a professional cricketer and he has been the game of cricket for a long time now. He should not have done that. He did not do the gesture just once, he did it two or three times, it is the umpires’ job. Hafeez’s action has not a problem and he was trying to create an issue without a reason,” Ahmed shared.
This is not the first time that such an allegation has been made on Hafeez. He was suspended from bowling twice in 2014-15 and again in 2017 due to problems with his action. His latest suspension was lifted in April.
It is yet to be ascertained whether Pakistan had made an official complaint to the match referee but Taylor’s gesture is likely to come under ICC scrutiny.
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