Sarfaraz will be leading Gladiators for the eighth consecutive season in HBL PSL
Quetta Gladiators won the exhibition match against Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday by three runs, but it didn’t end without its share of heated exchange on the field.
During the fourth over of the Zalmi’s innings, when Aimal Khan was hit for a boundary by Mohammad Haris, Sarfaraz can be heard verbally abusing his teammate in the background.
Peshawar had raced to 40-0 in just 3.4 overs, and Sarfaraz was visibly upset with the proceedings.
Sarfaraz has been previously criticised by former cricketers as well as cricket fans for his emotional outbursts towards his own players during the game.
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In an interview with Cricket Pakistan in 2021, Lahore Qalandars head coach, Aaqib Javed, revealed that he once complained about the wicketkeeper’s behaviour to umpire Aleem Dar.
"I told Aleem Dar about how Sarfaraz has been treating Quetta’s bowlers from behind the stumps. I don’t know how they endure these abuses and insults. No code of conduct applies to him for abusing players in the open?," said Aaqib.
Sarfaraz was fined for using inappropriate language while playing against Balochistan in last year’s National T20 Cup.
The wicketkeeper used abusive language after he was dismissed from Kashif Bhatti at point region.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had charged Sarfaraz under Article 2.3 that reads as, “Use of audible obscenity”.
Sarfaraz will be leading Gladiators for the eighth consecutive season in the upcoming edition of HBL Pakistan Super League, which is scheduled to begin from February 13.
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