ABU DHABI: An interesting situation developed during the first one day international (ODI) between Pakistan and New Zealand on Wednesday, when Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor objected to Pakistani spinner Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling action.
The first ODI of a three-match series was underway in Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Taylor objected to the bowling action in the 26th over of New Zealand innings. The Kiwi batsman told the umpire that the Pakistani spinner was bowling ‘doosra’ — a leg break bowled with an apparent off-break action — which he was not allowed to bowl.
The umpires, while rejecting Taylor’s objection, told him to keep batting as they were observing things.
It’s not Ross taylor’s job to be complaining about bowlers actions to the umpires. It’s for umpires to umpire a match and players to stick to playing cricket.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed also had a word with the umpires pertaining to the matter and then directed Hafeez to continue bowling.
It is pertinent to mention here that Hafeez’s bowling action has been objected to several times in the past. The International Cricket Council had also suspended the all-rounder from bowling for a year.
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Is that not for the match officials to decide? ?
— Cricingif (@_cricingif) November 7, 2018
New Zealand have set Pakistan a target of 267 runs in the first ODI of the three match series in Abu Dhabi.
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor notched up a brilliant 130-run partnership for the fourth wicket to put New Zealand in a commanding position, after the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first.
Taylor was the highest run scorer in the Kiwi innings with a resolute 112-ball knock of 80 runs. Meanwhile Latham played a brisk innings of 68 runs off 64 balls. Both batsmen smacked five boundaries each