Ahmed Shehzad has been fined 50 percent of his match fee whereas Azhar Ali and Sohail Khan have been reprimanded by the PCB over breaching the Code of Conduct during a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy clash between Central Punjab and Sindh.
According to a latest press release by the PCB, “Ahmed Shehzad was found guilty of committing a Level 1 offence under Article 2.14, which relates to changing condition of the ball (non-identification) during a match.”
The incident in question took place in the 17th over of Sindh’s first innings, when on-field umpires Mohammad Asif and Zameer Ahmed found that the condition of the ball was changed through ‘unfair means’ by a member of the Central Punjab side.
Shehzad, who was leading the Central Punjab side, pleaded not guilty to the charge initially but after the official hearing, he was found guilty of the offence.
“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. I tried to convince the match officials, but they insisted and I accept and respect their decision,” said Shehzad in a statement after pleading guilty.
“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.”
On the other hand, Central Punjab batsman Azhar and Sindh fast bowler Sohail Khan were reprimanded as the two players got into an argument.
The PCB release stated that, “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.”
Both players were charged by on-field umpires and accepted the sanctions imposed by the match referee Nadeem Arshad.