Ben Cutting and Sohail Tanvir. Photo- Twitter
Ben Cutting and Sohail Tanvir. Photo- Twitter

Ben Cutting of Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators’ Sohail Tanvir have copped a monetary ban of 15% of their match fees from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) authorities after they showed obscene middle-finger gestures to one another during a PSL 2022 match between their teams in Lahore on February 15, 2022.

The incident involving Cutting happened in the penultimate over of Zalmi’s innings when the batter, Australia’s Ben Cutting, after hitting the bowler, Sohail Tanvir, for a third consecutive six, made inappropriate gestures using his fingers. This was in retaliation for Tanvir doing the same to him during a match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2022) in 2018.

Sohail Tanvir during CPL 2018. Photo- Twitter
Sohail Tanvir during CPL 2018. Photo- Twitter

However, Sohail Tanvir replied in kind later, when he caught Cutting in the last over, bowled by Naseem Shah and the two got into a scuffle and the umpires had to intervene to cool things off.

Such Type Of Inappropriate Gestures Have No Space In This Great Sport: Match Referee After Fining Both Sohail Tanvir And Ben Cutting

Both Ben Cutting of Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators’ Sohail Tanvir have both been fined 15 per cent of their match fees for breaching a Level 1 offence of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Code of Conduct.

According to a statement, both the players were found to have violated Article 2.6 of the PSL Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during a PSL Match”.

PSL 2022: Watch - Ben Cutting, Sohail Tanvir Exchange Middle Finger Gestures During Peshawar Zalmi Vs Quetta Gladiators Match
PSL 2022: Watch – Ben Cutting, Sohail Tanvir Exchange Middle Finger Gestures During Peshawar Zalmi Vs Quetta Gladiators Match

“Such type of inappropriate gestures have no space in this great sport. The players need to always understand and remember their on and off the field responsibilities as they are role models and behaviour like this sends out a wrong message to the younger generation of cricketers,” Match referee Ali Naqvi said in a statement as reported by ANI.

“The HBL PSL 2022 is being played in good, positive spirits and I would like to see the players continue to fight hard inside the field of play but at the same time to remain within the parameters of the spirit of the game,” he added.

Both Cutting and Sohail pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed to be imposed by Ali Naqvi and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing. The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Rashid Riaz, third umpire Asif Yaqoob and fourth umpire Waleed Yaqoob.

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