Gul docked entire match-fee for ball tampering

Published: December 7, 2012

Gul was found guilty of ball tampering during Leopard’s match against the Bears and was fined his entire match-fee for the offense. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Islamabad Leopards’ captain Umar Gul was fined his entire match-fee – Rs 4,000 – for ball-tampering in his side’s National Twenty20 Cup match against Quetta Bears at the Gaddafi Stadium yesterday.

Gul was seen with the ball close to his mouth during the ninth over and the matter was brought to the notice of the match referee Khateeb Rizwan who charged him under the level-II offence for tampering with the ball. Gul challenged the charge, stating that he was trying to cut off a leading thread off the seam but signed the charge notice and accepted the punishment.

“The laws don’t permit a bowler to even cut off a small piece of thread by his hand and Gul was doing that with his mouth,” an official close to the matter told The Express Tribune.

Four-time finalists Dolphins crash out

In past events, luck has not favoured Karachi Dolphins.

Yesterday, however, an uncharacteristic knock from Misbahul Haq (47-ball 72) helped Faisalabad Wolves past the Dolphins off the last ball of the match and into the semi-finals of the Faysal Bank Twenty20 Cup.

Dolphins’ third loss from five matches sealed the team’s fate in the event as the Twenty20 lesson handed out by Misbah served a brutal reminder to the team with plenty of international stars in the playing-XI.

Opting to bat first, Dolphins posted 147 for six as Khurram Manzoor top-scored with 51. Ehsan Adil, playing his first Twenty20, took four wickets to keep the Dolphins in check. In reply, Misbah, who came in at 22 for two, single-handedly led the Wolves’ assault.

Dolphins’ coach and former Test cricket Tauseef Ahmed was not expecting his star-studded side to crash out this early.

“Dolphins have always been one of the favourites but the team couldn’t click in this event,” Tauseef told The Express Tribune. “Nobody would’ve predicted us not being in the semi-final lineup. Our performance was below par given the fact that we had the services of several international players.”

Tauseef refused to blame Afridi’s poor show for the team’s exit.

“He tried to lead the side to the best of his abilities but it just didn’t happen for him. He was excellent with the ball as usual but I think it was his batting that has been a worry for him and I would stress nobody would be more concerned about it then the player himself.”

Debutants Stags reach semis

Debutants Bahawalpur Stags won their fifth match on the trot to qualify for the semi-finals after they got the better of Hyderabad Hawks by 11 runs.

Skipper Bilal Khilji led from the front, scoring a 27-ball 37 as Stags amassed 154 for seven while batting first. In reply, Hawks were restricted to 143 for eight as Khilji, Kamran Hussain and Mohammad Talha bagged two wickets each.

Elsewhere, defending champions Sialkot Stallions beat Abbottabad by 34 runs. Stallions accumulated 164 for six as Haris Sohail scored a 43-ball 62. In reply, Falcons could only manage 130 for seven.

Meanwhile, Saeed Anwar Junior scored 39 off 22 and took three wickets as Multan Tigers feasted on Karachi Zebras with a 17-run victory. Set a target of 141, Zebras bundled out for 123.

Naveed Malik and Awais Zia gave Rawalpindi Rams a 135-run opening stand to lay the foundations of an emphatic eight-wicket win over Lahore Eagles. Chasing 155, Rams raced past it in just 14.3 overs.

Rao Iftikhar took three wickets as Islamabad Leopards defeated Quetta Bears by five wickets. Bears made 111 for seven in the first innings.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • mukeshambani
    Dec 7, 2012 - 4:11AM

    Rs 4,000 a game? For a player of his calibre? Is there any way we can send donations?


  • Rana
    Dec 7, 2012 - 11:07AM


    That’s the difference! Pakistan players somehow don’t plays for the money only. BTW, why don’t you offer donations to millions of homeless and hungry Indian starving to death?


  • Rana
    Dec 7, 2012 - 12:32PM


    That’s the difference! Pakistani players somehow don’t plays for the money only. BTW, why don’t you offer donations to millions of homeless and hungry Indian starving to death?


  • Awais
    Dec 7, 2012 - 6:30PM

    I totally agree with Mukeshambani…. I was shocked when I read they get paid a measly amount of Rs. 4000! Players of his calibre should be paid a lot more. The money that is instead going to corrupt ministers.

    My RESPECT for all the players that decided to play in Pakistan rather than the Big Bash League. Shows that they want the revival of sport in Pakistan more than money.


  • Helix
    Dec 7, 2012 - 8:40PM

    @Rana: Chill, Mr.Rana. No need to be insulting. All that was said was that a player of Umer Gul’s stature should be paid a lot higher than Rs.4000 game. What does that have to do with hungry children in India?


  • mukeshambani
    Dec 7, 2012 - 10:27PM

    Oi Rana. You didnt seriously think i was Mukesh did you. ha ha ha ha.


  • Rana
    Dec 8, 2012 - 9:45AM


    Of course not! So what if you were real Mukesh Ambani? Believe me or not, I have given you a recommendation for two of your initial question marks and reply to third one in which you failed to hide prejudiced Indian troll mindset.


  • ibrahem
    Dec 9, 2012 - 6:44PM

    4000 pkr is equal to round about 2000 indian rupees
    i cant beleive this i count many time how many zeros that 4 have because it took me a while to beleive that it is just 4000


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