الأربعاء , يونيو 17 2020

Riaz and Watson punished for clash

Pakistan pace bowler Wahab Riaz and Australia all-rounder Shane Watson have been fined after a fiery confrontation in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final.

Riaz was penalised 50% of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for using “aggressive and abusive language” at the end of an over.

Watson lost 15% of his fee for “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game” after a verbal exchange with Riaz.

The flashpoint came after the 33rd over of

Australia’s successful run chase.

An ICC statement read: 

“Watson ignored the umpires’ instructions and verbally engaged with Wahab, who, at the end of the over, followed through towards the batsman and used aggressive and abusive language.”

Left-armer Riaz peppered Watson with an array of fast, short-pitched deliveries, in a spell

described by Australia captain Michael Clarke

as “as good as any I’ve faced in one-day cricket for a long time”.

However, Watson who was crucially dropped at long leg off Riaz, held out long enough to see Australia to a six-wicket win.

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle added: “It was an enthralling contest between Shane and Wahab, but in the closing stages of the match both players crossed that fine line between intense competition and unacceptable behaviour.”

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