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Both Akmal and Peterson pleaded guilty to breaching the ICC Code of Conduct
Pakistan wicketkeeper batsman Adnan Akmal and South Africa all-rounder Robin Peterson have been fined 50 per cent of their match fees after getting involved in an on-field altercation during the first Test in Abu Dhabi, which Pakistan won by seven wickets.
The incident occurred when Akmal was picking up the bails and used his shoulder to push Peterson, who reacted by shoving the Pakistani wicketkeeper.
“The two players were fined after pleading guilty to a Level two breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth days play,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a release.
Both players were found to have violated Article 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for players and player support personnel, which relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play during an International match”
“The charges had been laid by the on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker (both from Australia), as well as third umpire Ian Gould (England)and fourth umpire Shozab Raza of Pakistan,” the ICC added.
Match referee David Boon reported the incident and both Akmal and Peterson have pleaded guilty, which means that there will be no need for a hearing.
“Deliberate physical contact is an action that does not belong in our game and will in no way be condoned in any situation,” Boon said.
The second Test between Pakistan and South Africa gets underway on October 23 in Dubai.