The Pakistan cricket team was penalized five runs on Friday after skipper Babar Azam donned wicketkeeper’s gloves while fielding during the second One-Day International against the West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium.
As a result of Babar’s illegal act, West Indies were awarded five runs, and Nawaz ended up conceding six runs off the first delivery.
Babar Azam’s illegal fielding’ results in five penalty runs
During the second ODI match at the Multan Cricket Stadium, the Men in Green completely dominated the visitors, the West Indies. Pakistan won the match by 120 runs and now leads the three-match One-Day International series 2-0. Babar Azam, the skipper of the home team, was once again outstanding with the bat, scoring yet another fifty.
However, during the second innings of the match, Babar’s ‘illegal actions’ cost his team a five-run penalty. During the 29th over of the visitors’ innings, the Pakistani captain was seen picking up one of Mohammad Rizwan’s wicket-keeping gloves and using it to collect a throw. The match officials ruled Babar’s actions on the field to be illegal, and the West Indies total was increased by five runs.
Other than the wicketkeeper, no other fielder is allowed to wear gloves or external leg guards, according to clause 28.1 of the cricket laws. Fielders can only wear protective gear with the approval of the on-field umpires; otherwise, they are not permitted to do so.
In terms of the match, Pakistan scored 275 runs in 50 overs, thanks to some strong contributions from skipper Babar and opening batter Imam-ul-Haq. West Indies spinner Akeal Hosein took three wickets in total for his team.
In response, the West Indies batters were unable to withstand some disciplined bowling from the Men in Green, scoring only 155 runs in 32.2 overs. Kyle Mayers (33 runs), Shamarh Brooks (42 runs), and Skipper Nicholas Pooran (25 runs) were the most valuable batsmen.
After taking four crucial wickets for his team, spinner Mohammad Nawaz was named player of the match. The Men in Green will now face the West Indies in the third One-Day International on June 12 at the Multan Cricket Stadium (Sunday).
A rare thing happened tonight. West Indies were awarded 5 penalty runs due to illegal fielding by Pakistan.
Laws of cricket:
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 10, 2022