Sri Lanka v Pakistan, semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo October 5, 2012

Akmal fined for ignoring umpires

ESPNcricinfo staff

Umar Akmal has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for ignoring both on-field umpires while going for a change in gloves during Pakistan's semi-final against Sri Lanka in Colombo. There was no hearing as Akmal pleaded guilty and accepted the sanction to the charge laid by umpires Simon Taufel and Rod Tucker.

Jeff Crowe, the match referee, said: "In this incident, Umar showed blatant disregard to both the umpires' requests, which was offensive and unacceptable from an international cricketer and contrary to our unique spirit, hence a level two charge was laid."

"Respect for the umpires is integral and is something which we always emphasise and encourage," Crowe said. "Umar, when pleading guilty, apologised and regretted his action."

The incident happened in the 17th over of Pakistan's chase when Akmal was at the non-striker's end. Akmal remained unbeaten on 29 as Pakistan fell short by 16 runs.

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  • Taimur on October 8, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    mistake Akmal made was, he should have asked oppostion captain instead, if he is ok.... period.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Discipline and Rules are made to be followed and should be respected. Every player has agreed those rules and signed their commitment. In the spirit of fair play one should abide by them. Cannot ask and change to another pairat the non-trikers end. Many times players take their glove off when at non-strikers end because of sweat and put them on at the strikers end.

  • Syed Ammar on October 6, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Does somebody remembers a time when a captain of a cricket team (guess who) shamefully, openly and persistently confronted n argued a top umpire (Aleem Dar) in a test match on not giving the decision in his team's favour...and to put salt on wounds replay clearly showed that umpire was correct in his ruling... but did that captain got THAT reprimand????

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Itz waz look close for NATURAL eye! again watch dt in normal speed. Umpires dnt have hwk eye! Umpires alow to check front foot No ball according to rules! No DRS in t20 bcz to catchup the time! fans telling umpire shuld punish 4 wrong decission! dtz what im telling no acceptable.I hope DRS will available in the future

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Rules are meant to be broken and when u break it u pay the consequences..As simple as that..There is a protocol which needs be followed and Umar had the option of giving some respect to the umpires. With the amount of money the players get now a days, there are not gonna give a damn about these things.

  • James on October 5, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @ Vinod Villa Pudasun, No it was not at all close. Please go and watch the replay. Anyway on another note why is it that an umpire checks the no ball even after a batsman is given out, like with Umar Gul to J Mendis, but does not check when a batsman is given out LBW? Don't get me wrong I'm happy that the Umar Gul lbw of J Mendis was overturned since it was a no ball and therefore the correct decision was made. However why was the LBW not cheeked like the dismissal of Mendis? I'm not saying it to come up with some conspiracy theory or even to point out bias, but merely because it would make sense to make this the policy in the future. This would put an end to LBW's where the ball pitches outside leg or if there is a clear edge etc. Also just so we are clear I would like to congratulate SL and say they deserved to win. So there you go SL fans :)

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Rod Tucker shocking umpire, Simon Taufell legend that will be sorely missed.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    some people commenting like dt LBW decision is the one and only,first ever umpire error in the histry...they are humans and there is no drawn lines to understan da outside line of leg in the pitch! it was a close call too!

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    what about the empire who gave a wrong decision?

  • Shiv on October 5, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Totally unprofessional. Typical pls pls attitude. What can u expect of him anyway.

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