The final day of the fourth round of the ongoing Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, attracted controversy when a match between Peshawar and WAPDA in Abbottabad ended with Mankad.
WAPDA required four and had one wicket in hand when opposition’s fast-bowler Taj Wali mankaded M. Irfan – who was strolling down the wicket at the non-striker’s end.
The on-field umpires gathered to consult and asked the fielding side whether it wanted to stick with the appeal. Irfan was subsequently adjudged out as a region bagged a rare win over a department.
WAPDA needed 18 to win with two wickets in hand when day four began.
Salman Butt, captain of WAPDA, took to Twitter to say Wali’s act was against the spirit of the game. In another tweet, he also unveiled that the teams refused to shook hands at the end of the match.