PAKISTAN Cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed has targeted New Zealand hitter Ross Taylor following allegations of illegal bowling during the victory of 47 Black Caps victories on their One Day International inaugural day.
Taylor appeared to accuse Pakistan veteran spinner Mohammad Hafeez of an illegal bowling action during the first innings of the clash in Abu Dhabi.
Taylor seemed to make a "chucking" gesture to the umpires during Hafeez's first over, imitating a bent arm – an accusation that made Sarfraz overwhelm heated arguments with both Taylor and the referees.
According to Pakistani cricket journalist Saj Sadiq, Pakistani management has filed an official complaint with regards to Taylor's actions, and Sarfraz hit Taylor after the match, labeling his actions as "shameful" .
"Ross Taylor's actions were wrong and it's not his job to do it The way he took action on television was shameful, I do not think it's his job, his job is to make bats. It's better if he focuses on his joke, "said Sarfraz.
"The way the batsmen reacted two or three times was completely wrong, they are professional cricketers and they should take care of these things, if there is a problem, they should not make signals on the television screen, they can instead speak with the referees.
"There is no problem with the action of Hafeez, his action is completely clear and I think the batsman were trying to create a problem without reason. "
Hafeez has been banished from bowling four times during his career by the International Cricket Council, three times in the last four years.
The most recent suspension occurred in October of last year , causing the 38-year-old to remodel his action again, he was eventually cleaned up in April
Hafeez jumped into the Twenty20 series without incident, but Taylor's gesture caused much drama in Abu Dhabi, with Sarfraz exchanging words lit during the spell of Hafeez, with the referees who eventually had to talk to Taylor after repeated complaints from Sarfraz
Hafeez finished with 0-23 from his six overs, while Taylor scored the top with the Black Caps with 80, before a triplet by Trent Boult led the visitors to victory
This story first appeared on the NZ Herald and was republished with permission