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Babar Azam uses wicketkeeper gloves; ‘illegal fielding’ as per ICC rules costs Pakistan 5 runs

By wasmulhaq 
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Multan: The West Indies are on a tour of Pakistan for a three-match One-Day International series. The home side has already clinched the series with a clinical performance in both the ODIs.

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In the second match, held at Multan, the Caribbeans failed to chase a mammoth total of 276 runs on the difficult track to square the series. However, the team bundled out for 155, giving the men in green an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The Pakistani skipper hasn’t kept his foot on the wrong side during the series so far. The ODI run machine batter has been in tremendous touch for the last few months.

He slammed a century in the first ODI of the series and reached his personal milestone of scoring more than 1000 runs in ODIs since taking up the responsibility of captaincy of his team. He achieved this feat in his 13th innings and left former Indian skipper Virat Kohli behind, who crossed the 1000 run mark as a captain in his 17th innings.

During the fielding in the West Indies innings in the second ODI, the Pakistani skipper was caught by a camera for using wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan’s one glove to collect the ball, and the strange incident was considered “illegal fielding” by the two officiating umpires on the field. Therefore, five penalty runs were given to the visitors during their chase on Friday night at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

The bizarre incident took place in the 29th over of the match. As per the Laws of Cricket, “28.1 Protective Equipment”, no fielder except the wicket-keeper is to be allowed to wear gloves or external leg guards.

Although Babar’s mistake didn’t cost the team much, the hosts emerged victorious with a huge margin of 120 runs and sealed the series as well, final ODI will be played on Sunday.

 Wasim Haque 


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