UAE June 17, 2009

Saqib Ali banned for a year after umpire attack

UAE international Saqib Ali has been banned for a year after he was found guilty of attempting to assault an umpire during a local Twenty20 cup tie.

UAE international Saqib Ali has been banned for a year after he was found guilty of attempting to assault an umpire during a local Twenty20 cup tie.

The Dubai-based National newspaper reported that Saqib had a heated argument with Mohammed Asif, who was standing as the square-leg umpire, after an appeal for a catch behind was turned down by Asif's colleague. It is claimed that Saqib then grabbed a bail and threw it at the umpire - it missed, but Saqib had to be hauled away by team-mates.

"We do not tolerate such on-field behaviour from any player," Wajahat Husain, the new president of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council, told the newspaper.

The ban means he will miss the ACC Twenty20 Cup and World Twenty20 Qualifiers, as well as most of UAE's Intercontinental Cup matches.

He does have the right to appeal.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • testli5504537 on September 18, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    I feel once a bunch of cricketers r selected they shd b given jobs wherin they can concentrate only on cricket & be in touch with cricket thru out rather then practicing when the tournaments comes up. I feel the board out here r more interested in arranging matches for other countries rather then improving the standards of the UAE team.Abt the umpires, they r ok not intl stds, many of them they make their living thru match fee.sad 2 know they r not in councils payroll.

  • testli5504537 on July 10, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    hehaheah....what am i talking about, im talking about the level of umpiring in the country, im talking about the knowledge of that umpire standing in the match, im talking about the panel of umpires in the country and the way the board deals with these issues. Im sure u guys arent playing here...the umpires here dont turn up for the matches on time, but they have never been banned..... Saqib has beeen penalised thats great....but what about other issues concerning the game in the country??? they should even be talking about cricket in this country.... u need to play here to understand how u need to deal with umpires ;)....if talking about cricket in general yes that was an offense, but when considering cricket in UAE dnt take it too seriously

  • testli5504537 on June 29, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    How does it matter whether the umpire wears bracelets or lipstick! The fact remains that he threw a bail and has been penalised...fair call..In a country where the quality of cricket isnt that great is the standard of umpiring ...that doesnt justify the offence..hope the administrators dont back down and pardon him.

  • testli5504537 on June 27, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    ""Mohammed Asif, who was standing as the square-leg umpire"

    Is that what he's up to these days?"


    Well, you forget that he is banned from entering the country.

  • testli5504537 on June 27, 2009, 5:09 GMT

    Salman Farooq...what are you talking about? If the guy threw a bail at the umpire then what disciplinary action do you think should be taken? Players can get fined/suspended in international cricket just for verbally questioning an umpires of course the action for attempting to physically assault an umpire was going to be severe. What is your point regarding the chains and bracelets the umpire wears, I think it is you who does not understand the rules. Just because he is "the best player" doesn't mean he can do what he wants. Maybe this is a cultural difference but if UAE want to be involved with international sport they will have to understand how international sport is run.

  • testli5504537 on June 17, 2009, 22:01 GMT

    I don't agree with this ban, i am currently playing for the U.A.E team and have represented the country in tournaments like the Asia Cup, the ACC Elite trophy and ICC Intercontinental cup. This person "Saqib Ali" is the best player in U.A.E, its great that the board has taken a disciplinary action against a player but why did it start with Saqib, the best in the country??, just because they want to prove a point and the umpire that we're talking about wears at least 10 bracelets in his hands and has at least 15 chains around his neck while standing in a match, so firstly we need to make the umpires understand what cricket actually is and the rules.Ive played with Saqib and i can guarantee that when he is in a game he is totally involved in it, "Saqib I feel sorry for you and the country because this system here will never let cricket develop and once ure back after a year you wont have the same fire in you"but that's been the case with most of the players. WELCOME TO U.A.E Cricket ;)

  • testli5504537 on June 17, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    "Mohammed Asif, who was standing as the square-leg umpire"

    Is that what he's up to these days?

  • testli5504537 on June 17, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    I agree with the ban. However, I have always been advocate of an on-field send-off rule, where if a player places another player or official in danger intentionally, then they can be sent off the field ... players (in particular bowlers) could in theory use poor sportsmen tactics to take their opponents out of the game ... "honour" of cricket isn't shared by all people, and umpires should be able to use a Yellow & Red card system to remove players that are using a strategy that could injure (or worse) another person.

  • testli5504537 on June 17, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    this news was very guilty..i don't care whether he from Pakistan or any part of the world..this should not be happen in this game..i always say to my juniors that this is a game so play it as a game don't get panic specially on umpires bcoz if a player don't obey umpire's decision,same things will it was only umpire tomorrow the whole team will fight with opposition..

    In short,i completely with the management to put a banned on that victim..I suggest it should be more than one yr..

  • testli5504537 on June 16, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    I'm sorry but that is funny. He deserves the ban though since he's not new to cricket considering that he's Pakistani. He should know the rules.

    And to answer Habieb's question, yes he's Pakistani and has played for Rawalpindi.

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