Quaid-e-Azam: Ahmed Shehzad Found Guilty In Ball-Tampering case
Ahmed Shehzad has been fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for ball-tampering in a domestic cricket match. The opening batsman has been charged 50% of the match fee, the PCB informed in the media release. On Tuesday, he was found guilty during the match between Central Punjab and Sindh during the domestic tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
During 17th over of the first innings of Sindh, the ball was inspected by the onfield umpires Mohammad Asif and Zameer Ahmed. Both the umpires found the unfair changes were done in the ball and suspected the fielding side, Central Punjab.
Central Punjab captain Ahmed Shehzad was accused of the ball-tampering under article 2.14, which says changing the condition of the ball (non-identification) during the match
Central Punjab captain Ahmed Shehzad has been charged for changing the condition of the ball as per the non-identification process. Decision tomorrow.— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) October 31, 2019
The matter of ball-tampering was put forward by Sindh captain . The match referee held the charge on the captain because of the non-identification of the player. Ahmed Shehzad has accepted the charge but during the hearing, he urged to not found him guilty.
“Shehzad pleaded not guilty to the charge, and, as such, a hearing took place after the match on Thursday, in which the Pakistan batsman was found guilty,” PCB stated in a media release.
“We can agree to disagree in this incident as I maintain that the condition of the ball changed naturally due to the rough playing square and not artificially. I tried to convince the match officials, but they insisted and I accept and respect their decision,” Shehzad was quoted as saying in an official statement.
“I would never indulge in such an act nor allow any of my team-mates to disrespect the game. My priority is to play hard, competitive and result-oriented cricket, and at the same time inspire the younger generation, which watches us play the game,” he added.
Shehzad has played 59 T20Is and 81 ODIs for Pakistan. He has played 13 Test matches where his score is 982 runs.