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Thatscricket - News - Circket: Akhtar reprimanded for Sharjah misconduct

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2001, 2:37 [IST]
 
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Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reprimanded express pacer Shoaib Akhtar for misconduct against a Sri Lankan batsman during the Sharjah tri-series final early in November, an official said on Wednesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"Akhtar is reprimanded by a written strict warning to set an example so that such misconduct does not take place again," PCB director Brigadier Munawwar Rana told.Akhtar, however, escaped any fines and suspensions. The 26-year-old hurled a four-letter word at Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene when the batsman hit him for a six during the final of Sharjah tri-series on November 4.Only teammate Wasim Akrams interference avoided a scuffle between the two players. International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Denis Lindsay, who reported Akhtars action during the same tournament, did not take any action of the misconduct.However, PCB chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia passed the matter to a four-member disciplinary committee on the grounds that Akhtars action could have spoiled cordial relations between Pakistan and Sri Lankan cricket Boards.The fast bowler was fined Rs 50,000 ($ 1,042) and suspended for one Limited Over match by in March 2000 after Akhtar arrived late at teams hotel during Australias tour.Akhtar currently plays club cricket in Australia and is required to work with former West Indian fast bowler Micheal Holding to improve his action in the stage two of ICCs process of dealing bowlers with illegal action.He could face a one-year ban from international cricket if his action is reported again within 12 months.

AFP
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