PCB fines Ahmed Shahzad for ball-tempering (non-identification)

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) fined Ahmed Shehzad 50 per cent of his match for ball-tempering (non-identification).

One of the unknown members from Central Punjab (CP) tempered the ball during their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy contest against Sindh. On-field umpires Mohammad Asif and Zameer Ahmed felt some change in the ball during its normal inspection in the 17th over.

In case of no identification, the team’s skipper Shahzad was fined after he committed a Level 1 offence under Article 2.14, which relates to changing condition of the ball (non-identification) during a match.

Shahzad on the incident said: “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.”

On the other hand, CP’s opening batsman Azhar Ali and Sindh’s pacer Sohail Khan recieved official reprimands after they got into an argument during the match.

Azhar was found guilty of engaging in a Level 1 offence described in PCB’s 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 under an Article 2.10 – Level 1 offence, which pertains to time wasting by any player or team during a match.

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