Pakistan pace bowler Haris Rauf is reportedly said to be reprimanded for slapping Lahore Qalandars teammate Kamran Ghulam during a Pakistan Super League (PSL) match.
During a match between Lahore Qalandars and Peshwar Zalmi on February 21, Ghulam dropped a catch of Zalmi batter Hazratullah Zazai off Rauf’s bowling in the second over of the match. Rauf had slapped Ghulam after one of Zalmi’s batters was dismissed.
Match referee Ali Naqvi reprimanded Haris Rauf
According to reports, a source in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed that neither of the on-field umpires had reported the incident to match referee Ali Naqvi, who himself reprimanded the 28-year-old pacer.
However, later in the match, Rauf was seen hugging Ghulam on the field which indicated that things were clear between the two players.
I hope Haris Rauf learns from this incident: Shahid Afridi
Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi condemned the incident and expects the Lahore Qalandars pacer to learn a lesson from the incident.
“I don’t think it was an incident that should have happened in a match with the world watching, it doesn’t leave a good impression even if Haris didn’t mean it,” Afridi said.
“I hope Haris learns from this incident because it was in bad taste and in future if he repeats it he will be in big trouble,” he added.
The match ended as a tie after both the teams made 158 and Zalmi won the match in the Super Over. Lahore lost the Qualifier fixture to Multan Sultans by 28 runs on Wednesday.
Haris Rauf conceded 34 runs and turned wicketless against Multan Sultans who were boosted by the half-centuries from skipper Mohammas Rizwan (53*) and Rilee Rossouw (65*). The duo put 113 runs together as they posted 163/2 in the first innings.
Shahnawaz Dahani was awarded player of the match for his stupendous bowling figures of three wickets for 19 runs from four overs. England pacer David Willey picked a couple of wickets as Lahore ended their innings at 139/9 in the first innings. Fakhar Zaman made 63 off 45 balls but didn’t find any support from the other end.