Multan Sultans' manager is facing the possibility of a potential ban for his heated exchange with umpires
Multan Sultans' manager, Haider Azhar, is facing the possibility of a potential ban for his heated exchange with umpires.
Failing a possible appeal will result in him sitting out one-match next year. Haider Azhar protested about wides in the PSL final, during which things worsened.
Lahore Qalandars defeated Multan Sultans by one run in the final of PSL 8. The players and officials of the Sultans looked very disappointed after losing the trophy after coming so close. They also protested to the reserve umpire Asif Yaqoob regarding some wide balls calls. Then when the field umpires returned, team manager and COO Haider Azhar complained to Rashid Riaz.
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He replied that he could not talk about this yet; in such a situation, England's umpire Alex Wharf also reached there; he also understood the matter and started telling Haider the rules; things got worse and bitter exchange started. Rashid and PCB official Aun Zaidi tried their best to cool down the matter.
PSL director Usman Wahla also reached the scene; PCB took strict notice of the matter and imposed a one-match ban on the Multan official by imposing level three of the code of conduct. Moreover, he was asked to accept the decision and sign on it. But Haider demanded a hearing at 2:00 PM. The matter was heard before the Sri Lankan match referee Roshan Mahanama, where the umpires and the manager of Multan gave their stand.
He even apologized unconditionally at one point, but the referee still upheld the punishment. Haider still has the right to appeal. If the punishment is not overturned, Haider Azhar cannot serve as a manager in the first match of Multan Sultans next year.