The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed match referee Roshan Mahanama received no official complaint from Quetta Gladiators pertaining to an alleged ball-tampering incident during their clash against Peshawar Zalmi on Saturday.
Hostility ensued in the middle briefly in the February 22 fixture including a verbal altercation between Zalmi pacer Wahab Riaz and Gladiators opener Jason Roy.
When asked about his thoughts on the PSL encounter at National Stadium and the talk surrounding the Gladiators' protest regarding ball-tampering, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted his team had followed the PCB protocols.
“As far as this [ball-tampering] is concerned, we have followed the protocols of [the] PCB and submitted our report on the matter,” Sarfaraz said in a press conference on Sunday.
Despite these comments, it has emerged that the process for filing an official complaint on altering the condition of the ball was never followed.
"We are aware that a statement on changing the condition of the ball has been made without providing any concrete evidence or lodging a formal complaint through the correctly stated procedure," Wasim Khan, the PCB chief executive, said.
Wasim further warned cricketers against making accusations that could hurt the competition and could be misinterpreted in the media.
“In this case, this should have been submitted to the match referee by 6 pm on Monday, 24 February. Such irresponsible statements without formal follow-up will only affect the integrity of the event and cast doubts on international cricketers, and, as such, I request the players to use caution and show responsibility."
As per Article 3.2, clause 3.2.2 of the HBL PSL 2020 Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, all formal complaints have to be submitted to the match referee within 48 hours of the conclusion of the game.
Quetta failed to do this on a "Form Rep 1" – the platform for lodging a complaint – and now cannot avail this opportunity.
“I request all participants to uphold the spirit of the game and to focus solely on cricket. This is the first complete HBL PSL 2020 taking place in Pakistan and like every Pakistan cricket fan, we wish this to be a memorable 32 days for all the right reasons," Wasim added.
Zalmi prevailed in the contest against the Gladiators by a comfortable margin of six wickets and nine balls to spare courtesy of a superb century from Kamran Akmal.
The two teams will renew their rivalry this season on March 5 in Rawalpindi.