Asad Shafiq fined for uttering offensive remark during QeA Trophy’s fixture


Karachi: Sindh’s captain Asad Shafiq has been fined 20 percent of his match-fee for violating Article 2.3 of the PCB Code of Conduct which reads as ‘Use of audible obscenity’ during his side’s drawn match against Northern in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at the National Stadium.

The 34-year-old uttered an offensive remark in frustration after the completion of the 52nd over of Northern’s second innings.

The first offences in Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official warning and/or imposition of a fine of up to 70 per cent of the applicable match fee.

On the other hand, Sindh’s wicket-keeper Shehzar Mohammad has been fined 75 per cent of his match-fee for breaching Article 2.8 of the PCB Code of Conduct, which reads as: “Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during a Match”.

The incident happened in the 74th over of Northern’s second innings on the fourth and final day of the match on Thursday, when Shehzar, after a caught behind appeal being turned down, expressed disappointment at the decision.

This was his second offence of the Article in as many matches. All second offences in Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of 70 per cent fine up to two-match suspension.

Both Shehzar and Asad, after the day’s play, pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Iftikhar Ahmed. The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza and third umpire Asif Yaqoob.

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