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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has lashed out at veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor after the latter questioned the legality of Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling action during the first ODI in Abu Dhabi.
Hafeez has been suspended on numerous occasions in the past after being found to have an illegal bowling action, but was most recently cleared in April this year.
However, after Taylor was seen mimicking Hafeez’s action after the first over the Pakistan all-rounder bowled, Sarfraz was less than impressed and even had to be calmed down when talking to the umpires.
NOTE: Hafeez was suspended three time by ICC in 2014, 2015 and 2017
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In addition to engaging in a war of words on the pitch, Sarfraz also took aim at Taylor during the post-match press conference.
“I will say that Taylor’s action was not correct,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “It’s not his job to give (the) action which was shown on TV. It was disgraceful, for me.
“His job is to do batting and if he concentrates on that, it’s better. I complained to umpires that his action did not come under sportsmanship.
“Ross is a professional cricketer and he should not have done that. He did it two or three times – it’s (the) umpires’ job. Hafeez’s action has no problem and (Taylor) was trying to create an issue without a reason.”