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Sarfaraz, Shaheen reprimanded after verbal spat in HBL PSL 6 match

Duo exchanged words during Tuesday’s match between Gladiators and Qalandars

Sarfaraz, Shaheen reprimanded after verbal spat in HBL PSL 6 match PHOTO COURTESY: YouTube Screengrab

The match referee has reprimanded Quetta Gladiators’ skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Lahore Qalandars’ pacer Shaheen Afridi, after their verbal spat during Tuesday’s HBL Pakistan Super League clash. The duo have also been advised to adopt a more cautious approach in future games as well.

Words were exchanged between Sarfaraz and Shaheen after the pacer hit the Quetta skipper on his helmet with a bouncer, during the first innings.

According to sources in the Gladiators’ camp, Sarfaraz had urged Shaheen to ask about his well-being, after being hit on the helmet, which didn’t go down well with the pacer and he also asked fellow pacer Haris Rauf to bowl bouncers at the Quetta captain.

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Meanwhile, sources in the Qalandars’ camp stated that Sarfaraz had demanded an apology from Shaheen which was refused by the latter and consequently made the Gladiators’ skipper angry.

After the match, Shaheen and managers of both teams appeared before the match referee, Mohammad Anis.

“He [Sarfaraz] asked me to apologise for the bouncer but why should I do that? It’s my right to bowl bouncers,” Shaheen was quoted as saying by the sources. “As vice-captain I can also give instructions to other bowlers.”

PCB spokesperson also confirmed that no strict action was taken against the duo, however a warning was issued.