Hafeez given out for obstructing the field

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Published: Friday, March 22, 2013, 13:13 [IST]
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Hafeez given out obstructing the field

Durban, Mar 22: Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez became the first batsman in One Day International history to be given out for obstructing the field under new ICC rules.


Hafeez was given out by third umpire Billy Bowden in Thursday's (March 21) fourth ODI against South Africa at Kingsmead.

According to the new ICC rules, which were put in place in 2011, a batsman can be given out for obstructing the field if he alters the course of his run to avoid being run out.

Earlier, batsmen were allowed to change their course of run between the wickets to prevent a throw hitting the stumps. But that rule was amended in 2011.

The Hafeez incident happened in the second over of Pakistan innings while chasing. Left-arm paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe bowled the third ball of the over to Imran Farhat. As Farhat played the delivery toward long leg, the left-handed batsman called his partner Hafeez for a second run. Wicket-keeper AB de Villiers gathered the ball at the striker's end and threw at the bowling end only to be blocked by Hafeez's body.

South Africans were quick to appeal against Hafeez and third umpire upheld it. Hafeez was furious with the decision and later captain Misbah-ul-Haq defended his batsman by saying he had not changed the course of his run intentionally.

Hafeez was out for duck after facing just one ball. Pakistan won the match by three wickets to level the five-game series 2-2.

Pakistan's Rameez Raja, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohinder Amarnath are the other players in ODIs to be given out for obstructing the field. In Test history, only one batsman - Len Hutton was adjudged out in this way.


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