Pakistan cricket’s enfant terrible Ahmed Shehzad has once again landed himself in hot water after being fined Rs.20,000 for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision in the National One-day Cup in Karachi on Monday.
Shehzad reacted to umpire Rashid Riaz’s decision after he was given leg-before off his old teammate Mohammad Hafeez in the match against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines at National Stadium.
Shehzad looked set for a hundred but had to depart on 71. He contested with the umpire that the ball was pitched outside leg as Hafeez was bowling round the wicket, but Riaz did not relent.
“Match referee Mohammad Anees has fined Shehzad Rs.20,000 for showing dissent against umpire’s decision,” sources told ARY Sports.
Later in the day Shehzad, who was leading Habib Bank, protested against the same umpire’s decision when he turned down a vociferous appeal of caught behind against Hafeez.
Riaz ruled Hafeez not out despite the fact that the batsman had taken off his gloves and started to leave the field. But after noticing the umpire’s call, Hafeez returned to the crease and from 33 went on to make 55.
All Habib Bank players protested against the decision, resulting in the match to be stopped for at least five minutes.
Pakistan’s first-class and List A cricket matches are marred by poor umpiring. The Pakistan Cricket Board has repeatedly assured of improving umpiring standards, but nothing concrete has come out of it as of yet.