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Sarfraz criticises Taylor for raising ‘objections’ to Hafeez’s bowling action

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed criticised New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for seemingly raising objections to spinner Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling action.

The New Zealand batsman was seen signaling the umpire about Hafeez’s bowling style.

This made the Pakistani skipper upset and he raised the matter with the umpire. The umpire then went to discuss the matter with Taylor.

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Sarfraz termed Taylor’s gestures “disgraceful” and said they were not in the spirit of the game.

“I will say that Taylor’s actions were not correct,” Sarfraz said in his post-match press conference. It’s not his job to tell umpires what to do, as was shown on TV, he said. “To me, it was disgraceful,” he said.

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“His job is to bat and it would be better if he concentrated on that,” he said, adding that his conduct was not sportsmanlike.

The Pakistani skipper said that the Kiwi batsman should not have acted that way as he is a professional cricketer. “He did it two or three times — it’s [the] umpires’ job. There was no problem with Hafeez’s action and [Taylor] was trying to create an issue without a reason,” he said.



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