12BET India News: Former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed fined for using ‘inappropriate language’


Former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has been fined for a code of conduct breach by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) during the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Ahmed has been penalized 35 per cent of his match fee for using “inappropriate language” during his side’s match against Northern at the UBL Sports Complex. He pleaded guilty and accepted the sanction proposed by the match referee.

“Sarfaraz repeatedly made inappropriate comments against an umpiring decision during the day’s play,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in media release. “He was reported by on-field umpires Faisal Afridi and Saqib Khan for the violation of article 2.21 of the PCB Code of Conduct for Players and Player support Personnel,” the release added.

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The 33-year-old stumper, who is leading the Sindh First XI, admitted to the level 1 offence relating to use of inappropriate language. Ahmed last played for Pakistan in a T20I game against England in September. Sarfaraz has so far represented Pakistan in 49 Tests, 116 ODIs and 59 T20Is. The Former captain and second-choice wicketkeeper-batsman is set to be picked for Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand.

Sarfaraz has started to regain his form as he scored an unbeaten 131 in Sindh’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which ended as a draw. Pakistan will play two Tests and three T20 Internationals in New Zealand, with the tour beginning on December 18 and concluding on January 7. In September, the New Zealand government had green-lit the West Indies and Pakistan to tour in NZ.

In a separate incident, Central Punjab batsman Usman Salahuddin was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee during his side’s match against Balochistan at the National Stadium Karachi. During their first innings, Usman continuously showed his bat during an lbw appeal, which was deemed as an attempt to mislead the umpires. Usman also pleaded guilty and accepted the sanction by the match referee.

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