Akmal fined for 'offensive' snub of umpires' authority during Sri Lanka defeat

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 05, 2012 06:40 hrs

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for offensively snubbing the umpires' authority during their 16-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the World Twenty semi-finals on Thursday.

The incident transpired in the 17th over of Pakistan's innings when Akmal, who was the non-striker, ignored both on-field umpires' requests and went ahead to change his batting gloves.

"Respect for the umpires is integral and is something which we always emphasise and encourage," Sports24 quoted match referee Jeff Crowe, as saying.

"In this incident, Umar showed blatant disregard to both the umpires' requests, which was offensive and unacceptable from an international cricketer and contrary to our unique spirit, hence a level two charge was laid," he added.

"Umar, when pleading guilty, apologised and regretted his action," he said.

Akmal was found to have breached the ICC code of conduct, article 2.2.11, which relates to 'conduct contrary to the spirit of the game'. (ANI)

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