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

Akmal fined for ignoring umpires

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

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

  • 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.

  • Ammar72 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????

  • 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

  • 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.

  • JamesTHEwalldravid 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 :)

  • on October 5, 2012, 18:40 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • on October 5, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    what about the empire who gave a wrong decision?

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Ammar72 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????

  • 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

  • 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.

  • JamesTHEwalldravid 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 :)

  • on October 5, 2012, 18:40 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • on October 5, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    what about the empire who gave a wrong decision?

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

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

  • johnathonjosephs on October 5, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    It was wrong for him. The umpires told him to wait until he was at least on strike, but he just went off in the middle of the overs (was off strike too) and interrupted play. I don't blame him though, Pakistan needed a lot of 4s and 6s and he knew the consequences and decided to go for the greater good. Very unselfish player

  • on October 5, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    It is a player right to change his gloves any time during his innings i am surprised why it is denied by Both Umpires also U Akmal can ask to the Opposition Captain and it is under ICC Rules but Surprisingly he got fined by Match Referee it is not fair enough

  • on October 5, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    yes he did wrong but what about when umpires do wrong with out any gap Against Pakistan......

  • SHAIKH_1982 on October 5, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    I think the match referee role is just to fine players when to do something so minor which don't even effect the outcome of the game such as the Umar Akmal incident yesterday. What he really should have done is step in when Jamshed was given out incorrectly he should have spoken to the umpire Rod Tucker and got him the reverse his decision.

  • JamesTHEwalldravid on October 5, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    @Aussie_Cricket Yeah mate Pakistan will have their day you are absolutely right...but wait a minute will that "day" be a semi final? Probably not. So this whole "every team has its day" and "it all evens out in the end" mentality is flawed because it lacks context. Pakistan might have their day in an ODI against Eng or whomever but will that be as significant as a semi final?

  • on October 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    ahan...i get it that Umar Akmal ignored their request and was fined...but i do want to know about what about the umpire who gave a clear wrong decision of Nasir Jamshed...should that umpire be stripped of his match fee for making an error in a grand game such as the semifinal ? umpires ENJOY too much liberty..they should be kept in check just like the cricketers and FINED...when necessary

  • Gopalakrishna on October 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    I would prefer a ban if five matchesr for such an offence. This warning would not be any use. Cricketers are regularly regular in breaking the ccode of conduct HR Gopalakrishna - Cricket Statistician - India

  • fluffia on October 5, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    What a shameful act, ignoring the opposition captain and the umpires. He had to wait for the over to finish if he wanted new gloves unless the opposition captain agrees.

    After Mahela said no, go for the umpire? After umpire said no, get the gloves anyways? Very bad cricket Pakistan, be ashamed of yourselves. Deserves at least one match ban.

  • Danish10290 on October 5, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    I think that was a stupid decision..

  • rashdi on October 5, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Right Decision. But what do you say about the unique spirit of the game shown by Mahela Jawardene and Kumar Sangakarra when they switch the captaincy. Yes, there is no ICC rule to prevent this exploitation but here we are talking about the spirit of the game. Mahela openly admitted that he did all this to avoid over rate ban.You cannot have rules for each and everything in the game, nevertheless you need to respect the game. Ironically, there is no comment from ICC on this disgraceful act by so called gentlemen of the game of cricket.

  • Biggie312 on October 5, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    well im not deniying what Akmal did was wrong but he got punished for it and hes young and apologised so fair enough this will be a learning curb for him, but in such a big game will the umpires or ICC apologise for abvious decisions they got wring i highly doubt it, DRS is there for a reason it takes about 10-20 seconds to go upstairs and ask it takes longer than that to get a change of gloves so why not use the technology but im not going to complain about the pitch or umpires pakistan lost fair n square all credit to the lankans good bowling changes and deserved to win on the day, pakistan really need to improve thier batting, the best bowling attack in the world will only get you so far without good batting to back it up and they showed real inexperience in the batting, i think they should have played razzak and sent afridi to open to try to get get a quick 20-30 as even his miss hits would have cleared the fielders as he cant do much down the order.

  • on October 5, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    what about the poor umpiring by tucker in such a important match in crucial moments....have he been fined or asked to sy even sorry...

  • malepas on October 5, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Come on guys calm down,,it was do or die situation for that yougster who wanted to win the match for his country,,it was extremly hot and humid and with pressure on,,the empires should have allowed him changing the gloves,,it was not a big deal,,he took the helmet not for bowler to pictch up but to lighten his vision,,bowler could bowl him a bouncer,,remember,,batters were not using helmets couple of decades back,,and still lots of batsmen don't use them,,as long as you are confident and ready to take risk,,thats fine,,Empries should also look at thier own conduct and mistakes as well,, which cost teams a match,,not suggesting that they can't make a mistake but thats where we are for now.

  • on October 5, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    He should have asked Sangakara only and should have ignored the umpires.

  • suhas9024 on October 5, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @shafaqat ali...he asked for the change of gloves in the middle of over...which was rightly denied by umpires i guess..

  • on October 5, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Now umar has accepted his fault and admitted his guilt, knowingly or unknwingly,so punishing him with 50% fee is ok.......lets forget it. Afridi is a match winner on his day just like Sehwag so pak dont afford to drop him as he shows very good all rounder skills and on top of that is a good fielder too.....and a public pal...hence dropping Abdul razzak was unfortunate.....cant keep more than 11 players....otherwise Harbhazan would have been in playing south Africa too

  • on October 5, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I totally agree with the fine and would have even given him a 2 match ban, as a professional Cricketer you don't accept this sort of behavier from anyone.....The umpire makes split decisions and we have the benefit of having so many replays from different angles and then we blame the Umpire on his decision...........every country has benefitted from these decisions,so lets stop blameing the umpires and go ahead with the Game....

  • JBerger on October 5, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    The glove change permission should have been request to the opposing captain & not the Umpires. Not to disregard but Umpires were too tough not to handle it politely themselves.

  • Legaleagle on October 5, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Umar Akmal is the most undeserved player to be in Pakistan team after Shahid Afridi. At least Shahid Afridi earned it after many years of service but the Akmal brother's are a pure burden.

  • on October 5, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    It was really ridiculous to see Omar Akmal attitude at the field However he must be came back

  • Crazyfan4Cric on October 5, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Akmal was correctly punished, he did this same thing in the match against India, but it was ignored. More importantly he was on the non striker end when he asked for the change of gloves, which is un understandable. This was not it, he was wearing a Helmet for first ball of the last over, then took of the helment played 1 miscued shot then when he came bak to the stike he asked for the helmet again. I mean come on, is this gully cricket? This was done marely as a superstition without the permision of the umpires.

  • DSN CRIC CLUB on October 5, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Umar did another bad thing in last over,,he faced pace bowling final over without helmet,it means he want to get full deliveries from bower to hit sixes,it is not suitable for spirit of Cricket players

  • hasanfayyaz on October 5, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Bad decission by umpires is one thing and every umpire makes few in his career but what umar did was unacceptible. Fair enough punishment for him.

  • bobmartin on October 5, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Re- the Rod Tucker LBW howler... bring on the DRS I say. It is used it for Stumped, Run Out, to check if a bowler has overstepped following a dismissal, endless checks for a boundary or whether a catch has carried, all in the name of ensuring the correct decision is reached. It's clearly ludicrous not to use it for other things as well... Surely, a correct LBW decision is as important as any any of those other ones.

  • on October 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    what about the poor umpiring by tucker in such a important match in crucial moments....have he been fined or asked to sy even sorry....????

  • on October 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Can anyone help how can umpires deny him change of gloves which is fundamental right of a batsman?

  • Aussie_Cricket on October 5, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Stop whining about the umpiring decisions. The law of averages will sort things out and Pakistan will have its day. Typically in cricker there is one key thing you learn (or should have been taught) the umpire is king. 50% of the match fee is an insult to the umpire, a one or 2 match ban is more appropriate. Umar Akmal has shown this kind of behavior before (refusing to play because his brother was dropped), he clearly has issues with understanding who is in charge. Time to cool his heels in some matches back in the local leagues to learn what it means to be a role model on the international stage.

  • mahafuz1983 on October 5, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @Usman Khan....I am a Bangladeshi and I have supported Pakistan fanatically since 1992 except when they play Bangladesh....I understand ur dissapointment, but no point blaming the umpire, after all he is only human, admit that they played badly, Jamshed might have scored a 50, but then again he might have gone out next ball, these things happens, some day u r the lucky one, I don't blame the umpire, but I do blame for such a pitch...toss shouldn't be a factor in the game...but it is, thats why it can never be as popular as football, where there is no such factor such as toss, or home advantage....also bad selection of droping razzak considering afridis form...but they reach semifinal again so masallah

  • yorkslanka on October 5, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    irrespective of tuckers decision, akmal should be banned for one game for his blatant disregard for the umpires. This is cricket NOT football, if you want to behave like that, take up the latter...

  • AllInFairNess on October 5, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @Rizwan - I am being the ACC level 1 umpire, it's Akmal's responsibility to seek umpire's permission or inform them before he can ask for gloves replacement or drinks etc., Also it's not fair to argue with Umpires as they are the sole authority inside the filed to conduct the match in fair manner. See the example of Raina's reaction when Rod Tuker warned him about the movement he made when bowler about to deliver, accept the fact and move on, no point arguing with them.

  • SanSL5 on October 5, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Should have got at least a one match ban. He showed utter disrespect towards both umpires. Shameful.

  • on October 5, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    One match ban would be also fine fro Umar..

  • on October 5, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    How about Rod Tucker? who made such a foolish decision in such a crucial match

  • on October 5, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Rod Tucker should be fined for not knowing the basic LBW rule!!!

  • on October 5, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    How much Umpire Rod Tucker was fined for making a terrible mistake of giving leg before out to Nasir Jamshed, that lead Pakistan to loss in Semi Final ? ICC be fair ... Have we hear any apology by Umpire Rod Tucker accepting his mistake in such a big game ?

  • on October 5, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Dear Rod Tucker, From what I've gathered, you are a member of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel. I assume that you know laws of cricket but from your decision yesterday to give Jamshed LBW I have corrected myself. I have reason to believe that you should be explicitly told what an LBW is and when you should avoid raising your finger. For your reference I am attaching the ICC rulebook. Please read 'Law 36 Leg Before Wicket' on page 73. http:// www.lords.org/data/files/laws_of_cricket_2003-8685.pdf If you have any further question please do not hesitate to contact. Yours sincerely Haseeb

  • MD82 on October 5, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Even captain should be fined as he is the fella who sent 12th Man without even bothering to look at Umpire's choice.

  • sherooo on October 5, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Wish that RJ Tucker would have been fined too for giving the wrong decision resulting in Nasir Jamshed's end !!!

  • Masud_BITK on October 5, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    He was handled NOT well by both umpires. They could easily allow him to do so.

  • Karnain on October 5, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Well-done Jeff Crowe, Akmal deserved it. Why not fine 100% or even a 1 match suspension?

  • Debasisdas on October 5, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    It is common sense to talk to opposition captain and not disturb the match officials.

  • rajithwijepura on October 5, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Yeah. That was a bit too much from him.

  • on October 5, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    A bit silly on the part of Taufel in not allowing a glove change despite the twelfth man already being on the field. Regardless, being stuck with a fine makes sense as Akmal did in the end disregard the umpires wishes.

  • Mainze on October 5, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    So he should be, he showed total disrespect and it was embarrassing.

  • on October 5, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    I had a good respect on Umar Akmal on his descency and disciplines in the field. I got shocked the way he behaved with Simon Taufel. Thought at least a ban also would be given. He's kucky. Umar, do not ever be an aragant player. Keep up your good work.

  • on October 5, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Instead of ignoring on field umpires request, Umar would have politely asked the opposing captain for change of gloves. Mahela would have obliged.

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  • on October 5, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Instead of ignoring on field umpires request, Umar would have politely asked the opposing captain for change of gloves. Mahela would have obliged.

  • on October 5, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    I had a good respect on Umar Akmal on his descency and disciplines in the field. I got shocked the way he behaved with Simon Taufel. Thought at least a ban also would be given. He's kucky. Umar, do not ever be an aragant player. Keep up your good work.

  • Mainze on October 5, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    So he should be, he showed total disrespect and it was embarrassing.

  • on October 5, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    A bit silly on the part of Taufel in not allowing a glove change despite the twelfth man already being on the field. Regardless, being stuck with a fine makes sense as Akmal did in the end disregard the umpires wishes.

  • rajithwijepura on October 5, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Yeah. That was a bit too much from him.

  • Debasisdas on October 5, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    It is common sense to talk to opposition captain and not disturb the match officials.

  • Karnain on October 5, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Well-done Jeff Crowe, Akmal deserved it. Why not fine 100% or even a 1 match suspension?

  • Masud_BITK on October 5, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    He was handled NOT well by both umpires. They could easily allow him to do so.

  • sherooo on October 5, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Wish that RJ Tucker would have been fined too for giving the wrong decision resulting in Nasir Jamshed's end !!!

  • MD82 on October 5, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Even captain should be fined as he is the fella who sent 12th Man without even bothering to look at Umpire's choice.