Ishant, Akmal fined for verbal duel
Indian pacer Ishant Sharma and Pakistani wicket keeper Kamran Akmal were fined for involving in their verbal duel in the first Twenty20 match held in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Ishant was fined for his verbal duel with Akmal
During Pakistanâ€™s chase, the two players involved in a heated argument in the 18th over. Pakistan won the match for five wickets.
The umpires reported to the match referee against both the players for behaving contrary to the game spirit. C Shamsuddin and S Ravi were the field umpires, VA Kulkarni was the TV umpire, and the fourth umpire was K Srinath. Roshan Mahanama performed the role of match referee in that match.
Both the players were found guilty. Mahanama reviewed the video footage of that incident fined Kamran 5% of the match fee and Ishant 15% of the match fee, after finding that the latter one initiated the brawl.
Mahanama additionally said that the players should behave more responsibly and set the right example given the high status of the series. He said that the players have been reminded of their responsibility regarding how to behave in such a high-intensity match. He added that the players acknowledged their faults and recognized that they could not act in accordance with the level of conduct expected from them.
The said incident occurred in the 18th over when Ishant dismissed the well-set batsman Shoaib Malik with a ball that appeared too high to be legal. Ishant dismissed another well-set batsman Mohammad Hafeez earlier in that same over.
When pressure was boiling players of both sides, Ishant beat Kamran and threw some words toward him in his follow through. Kamran did not let it go and the two ended up confronting each other, yelling. Suresh Raina, other Indian players, and the umpires came between the two but they continued yelling at each other for a while. Ishant also celebrated too loudly when he took the catch of Kamran in the next over.
It was the first bilateral series between the two countries in the last five years.