Shoaib Malik fined for conceding Twenty20 match

Published: Friday, April 29, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan's star all-rounder Shoaib Malik has been fined Rs 10,000 after the Sialkot Stallions' captain admitted conceding a Twenty20 Cup match to Karachi Zebras at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Talking to reporters after yesterday's (April 28, 2005) match, Malik admitted he had deliberately thrown away the match that prompted match referee Rizwan Khatib to summon him and slap the fine.

Shoaib Malik, later admitted it was wrong on his part but insisted he didn't do it deliberately. ''It was just in heat of the moment and I apologise to all for my act,'' he said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also been stirred by the incident and PCB director, cricket affairs Saleem altaf told local daily The News ''It's a serious matter and definitely not a good advertisement for Pakistan cricket. I've spoken to chairman (Shaharyar Khan) about it and he has also taken serious notice of it. We'll wait for the report from the match referee Rizwan Khatib and then decide if the matter should be refereed to the disciplinary committee of the Board.''

Though the Sialkot side was going smoothly with Malik himself in the middle, they surprised all, did not push for a win, and lost by four runs to Karachi Zebras - trying to help them reach the next phase ahead of Lahore Eagles.

Malik admitted he was not happy with the Sialkot Stallions - Lahore Eagles game earlier this week. The match was awarded to Lahore Eagles in controversial circumstances while giving them 12 penalty runs for slow over-rate by the Sialkot team and Malik wanted to pay back Lahore Eagles in the same coin.

Refusing to buy the logic, Altaf said, ''There is no justification for what happened. We've reports that some people even left the stadium in disgust more importantly Malik is a Pakistan (national team) player and seen as a future captain of the national side how can one expect such behaviour from him? He is not sending the right message.''

Altaf also said that the incident might jeopardise Malik's tour to Abu Dhabi to play exhibition games with the Pakistan masters side.

Asked if that would also make Malik a doubtful for the West Indies tour, Altaf said it was too premature to say and added ''There is a set procedure to deal with any act of indiscipline and this would be followed by the Board.''

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