Pakistan batsman Asif Ali has landed in hot water after swatting his bat within centimetres of bowler Keemo Paul’s face during the CPL match between Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors in Tuesday. The right-handed batsman is now facing disciplinary action for his action.
After being given a send-off by Paul, Asif Ali objected strongly as he made his way towards the dressing room following his 3-run knock. Defending just 108, the Warriors needed some quick wickets to stay in the contest. And when Paul dismissed Asif Ali to reduce the Tallawahs to 49 for 3, tension erupted.
Asif Ali’s miscued pull shot was caught brilliantly by Warriors captain Chris Green at long on. And as the Pakistan international was walking back, Paul appeared to give him a verbal send-off. Asif Ali did not like it at all and made it clear in a bizarre manner. He gave a backhand swat of his bat in the bowler’s direction, narrowly missing his face.
Taken aback by Asif Ali’s action, Paul turned and confronted him once again as the Pakistan batsman left the field. The commentators were surprised too as they speculated match referee Reon King would explore the incident further.
Here is a clip of that incident:
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As far as the game is concerned, Tallawahs went on to win the game by five wickets. The Tallawahs chased down the paltry target of 109 runs with two overs to spare. The Warriors started their defence well with the ball as they reduced Rovman Powell led-side for 62/5 halfway through the chase. However, Nkrumah Bonner and Andre Russell played cautiously and took their side over the line in the 18th over.