Akmal fined for umpire snub

2012-10-04 22:54

Colombo - Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal was fined 50 percent of his match fee for an "offensive" snub of the umpires' authority during his team's 16-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the World Twenty semi-finals on Thursday.

The incident took place in the 17th over of Pakistan's innings when Umar, who was the non-striker, ignored both on-field umpires' request and went ahead to change his batting gloves.

"Respect for the umpires is integral and is something which we always emphasise and encourage," said match referee Jeff Crowe.

"In this incident, Umar showed blatant disregard to both the umpires' requests, which was offensive and unacceptable from an international cricketer and contrary to our unique spirit, hence a level two charge was laid.

"Umar, when pleading guilty, apologised and regretted his action."

Umar was found to have breached the ICC code of conduct, article 2.2.11, which relates to "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game".

Umar finished the game at the R Premadasa Stadium unbeaten on 29 as his team failed to chase down a 140-run victory target.

Sri Lanka will face either Australia or the West Indies in Sunday's final.


  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 00:30

    again the best batsman is in too late. this guy is the pak version of ab. although wtf was he thinking, helmet on, helmet off lol :P

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-05 08:23

      So boom, are we saying GO WINDIES!!!!!?????!!!!!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 10:00

      @jaco. we have to lol we've seen way too many aus vs sri lanka finals and both of them have won more than once. it's windies turn now. and for some unexplained reason, i would feel better about my looser teams if windies win this :P

  • Joe - 2012-10-05 08:19

    Umpires can have a nightmare on the field , make shocking decisions, can basically ruin a players career with 1 bad decision and nothing ever happens to them.The same moron will umpire 100 test matches.Something needs to be done when they f@ck up.

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