Pak­istan skip­per swipes at Tay­lor over ‘chuck­ing’ mo­tion

The New Zealand Herald - - Supersport - Niall Anderson

Pak­istan cricket cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed

has taken aim at Black Caps bats­man Ross Tay­lor after claims of il­le­gal bowl­ing dur­ing the Black Caps’ 47-run vic­tory in their open­ing One Day In­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day.

Tay­lor ap­peared to ac­cuse vet­eran Pak­istan spin­ner Mo­ham­mad Hafeez of an il­le­gal bowl­ing ac­tion dur­ing the first in­nings of the clash in Abu Dhabi.

Tay­lor seemed to make a “chuck­ing” ges­ture to the um­pires dur­ing Hafeez’s first over, mim­ick­ing a bent arm — an ac­cu­sa­tion that caused Sar­fraz to have heated dis­cus­sions with both Tay­lor and the um­pires.

Ac­cord­ing to Pak­istan cricket jour­nal­ist Saj Sadiq, Pak­istan

man­age­ment have made an of­fi­cial com­plaint to the match ref­eree re­gard­ing Tay­lor’s ac­tions, and Sar­fraz hit out at Tay­lor after the game, la­belling his ac­tions as “dis­grace­ful”.

“Ross Tay­lor’s ac­tions were wrong and it’s not his job to do that. The way he mo­tioned the ac­tion on tele­vi­sion was dis­grace­ful. I don’t think that’s his job, his job is to bat. It’s bet­ter if he fo­cuses on his bat­ting,” Sar­fraz said.

“The way the bats­men re­acted two to three times was com­pletely wrong. They are pro­fes­sional crick­eters and they should take care re­gard­ing such things. If there is a prob­lem they shouldn’t make sig­nals on the tele­vi­sion screen, they can in­stead speak to the um­pires.

“There is no prob­lem with Hafeez’s ac­tion, his ac­tion is com­pletely clear and I think the bats­men were try­ing to cre­ate an is­sue for no rea­son.”

Hafeez has been banned from bowl­ing four times dur­ing his ca­reer by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil, in­clud­ing three times in the past four years.

The most re­cent sus­pen­sion came in Oc­to­ber last year, caus­ing the 38-year-old to re­model his ac­tion once again, even­tu­ally be­ing cleared in April.

Hafeez bowled dur­ing the Twenty20 se­ries with­out in­ci­dent, but Tay­lor’s ges­ture caused plenty of drama in Abu Dhabi, with Sar­fraz ex­chang­ing heated words dur­ing Hafeez’s spell, with the um­pires hav­ing to speak to Tay­lor after re­peated com­plaints from Sar­fraz.

Ross Tay­lor was spo­ken to by the um­pires.

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