Afridi, Sarfraz downplay Wahab-Shehzad scuffle

Published: February 15, 2016


SHARJAH: Wahab Riaz and Ahmad Shahzad have been fined 40 and 30 per cent of their match-fee respectively by Sri Lankan match-referee Roshan Mahanama after the two players clashed during Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators’ match on Sunday here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The flashing point came in fifth over the match when Wahab bowled Shahzad out after being hit for a six.

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Few words were exchanged between the two before they came into physical contact.Other players had to intervene to ensure that no harm was done but Mahanama took notice of the incident and called both players for hearing at the end.

Wahab had been previously warned as well to keep things under control during the event so he was slapped with a 40 per cent fine.

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“Wahab Riaz and Ahmad Shahzad have been fined 40% and 30% of their match fees respectively by the match referee for the altercation,” the official statement from PSL read.

Meanwhile, skippers Shahid Afridi and Sarfraz Ahmed downplayed the incident stating that such things happen in the heat of the moment.

“The fight shouldn’t have happened in first place because it doesn’t look good but it has happened so we can’t do anything about it now,” Afridi stated.

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Meanwhile, Sarfraz said: “It all happened in the heat of the moment and shouldn’t have happened; that’s all I can say about it as we need to move on and focus on challenges ahead.”

When the match officials were contacted regarding the fine as to why both were left without any substantial punishment, one of the officials revealed that it was the strictest fine they could have placed going by the book of PSL.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Feb 15, 2016 - 4:02PM

    Lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzz both are big cricket so its part of psl 2016 entertainment Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Feb 15, 2016 - 4:12PM

    Wahab needs to stop acting like a school bully . He has to stop getting upset every time someone hits him for a 4 or 6 and concentrate on doing better on the next ball. After all its only a game so enjoy it.
    Mohammed, Auckland Recommend

  • Jimmy
    Feb 15, 2016 - 4:39PM

    Both players have been treated leniently, cricket was known as a gentleman’s game. Continuous misbehavior on and off the field is bringing it into disrepute. Hence strict punishment is required both the players should be banned from the rest of the HBL-PSL matches.. Let’s have some values they have brought the country into disrepute.Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Feb 15, 2016 - 4:49PM

    Performance is Zero. But they are still thinking themselves Hero.Recommend

  • lmao
    Feb 15, 2016 - 5:01PM

    Shezad- Riaz fight is not good for the unity of Muslim umah. it reflects a bad image. we must be united.Recommend

  • Ih
    Feb 15, 2016 - 6:16PM

    Emotions do get out of control in hotly contested sports. Selfie is not that good and Wahab is not that bad. Be careful about picking on big guys, bowler can have the last word.Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Feb 15, 2016 - 6:54PM

    The worst aspect of this ugly scuffle is that it was between players of Pakistan National Team. Yet the two captains take it lightly. No self esteem no respect for country. Thankfully the match referee was not from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Feb 15, 2016 - 7:12PM

    That’s not Right for Pakistan Cricket. They are the Pride of Pakistan… And they are Playing for Pakistan. Pakistani Peoples are thirsty for peace and happiness, while they are Going crazy producing unhygienic playing conditions for fans.Recommend

  • Feb 15, 2016 - 7:38PM

    A scuffle is a scuffle. No use in down playing it. Call a spade a spade and discipline them both according to the PCB laws. Both have a temper that has to be CALMED. SalamsRecommend

  • Zia
    Feb 16, 2016 - 3:41AM

    Two of the worst, non-performing losers taking their frustration out on each other, good job!Recommend

  • Mar 7, 2016 - 12:53PM

    Wahab Riaz, probably most aggresive cricketer of the year!! Recommend

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