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PCB CEO Wasim Khan lashes out at Sarfaraz Ahmed

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday confirmed match referee Roshan Mahanama did not received an official complaint from Quetta Gladiators against Peshawar Zalmi for changing the condition of the ball during their fixture on Saturday at Karachi’s National Stadium.

Earlier, Quetta Gladiators have claimed that Peshawar Zalmi’s Wahab Riaz tampered the ball in Saturday’s match which they lost by six wickets at the National Stadium Karachi, according to reports.

Quetta Gladiators Sarfaraz Ahmad confirmed that he had written about the ball tampering allegations in his report.

The team complained to the match officials that the ball was allegedly tampered by Wahab during their innings. The Gladiators added that due to the incident they could not hand a competitive total to Zalmi.

“As far as ball tampering is concerned, we have followed the protocols of [the] PCB and submitted our report on the matter,” Sarfaraz had said.

Wahab Riaz took two wickets for 21 runs in the fourth match of the Pakistan Super League between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi. Photo: PSL

According to Article 3.2, clause 3.2.2 of PSL Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, an official complaint has to be filed by the team manager and submitted to the match referee within 48 hours from the end of the match.

However, no complaint has been filed and the 48-hour window has now closed, the board said in a statement.

While making it clear that no “Ball Tampering” complaint was made against the Peshawar Zalmi, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan lashes out at Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Without taking his[Sarfaraz] name, PCB CEO Wasim Khan said players should remain cautious while giving statements.

He urged the players “to use caution and show responsibility” when making such statements as incidents like this can hurt the image and reputation of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said, “We are aware that a statement on changing the condition of the ball has been made without providing any concrete evidence or lodging a formal complaint through the correctly stated procedure.”

“In this case, this should have been submitted to the match referee by 6pm on Monday, 24 February. Such irresponsible statements without formal follow-up will only affect the integrity of the event and cast doubts on international cricketers, and, as such, I request the players to use caution and show responsibility,” Khan added.

Wasim’s clarification comes after Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed had said that a report had been filed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The chief executive added, “We have an excellent panel of umpires who, as per the playing conditions, are carrying out due diligence during matches. If they will spot any artificial or unnatural interference with the ball, they will act as per the Code.”

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