Umar Akmal – the Pakistani middle order batsman was fined almost 50% of his match fees by the match umpire Jeff Crowe. The fine was slapped as the batsman was charged for a snub at the umpires on the ground. It was certainly an act of ‘offense’ on the field as one of the umpires Simon Taufel was seen shaking his head.
The ‘offense’ which Umar Akmal is said to have ‘committed’ is changing his batting gloves. That happened in the 17th over of the Pakistani innings. At that time, Pakistan was chasing a target that looked out of their hands.The match was slipping and it looked as if it was getting difficult for them to handle the pressure.
However, the hopes were pinned on this batting pillar for Pakistan. When the incident took place, Akmal was on the non-striker’s end. The footage of the recordings showed that the umpires were requesting him not to change the gloves.
According to the match referee, the batsman did not show any respectto the umpires and is considered to be an unacceptable thing from a batsman in an international match. Umar Akmal was charged with an offense of level two, which is 2.2.11 according to the ICC’s rule books.
There have been some incidents prior to this when the match referees have acted tough against the defaulters. This is one way the ICC wants to make it clear that they respect the game first. No one is above the game and that all are bound to follow the rules and the regulations set by.
There have been instances when the match referees have imposed a penalty of either 10% or 20%. But in this case, the penalty was as high as 50% of the match fees, Umar would have got. But Umar Akmal pleaded guilty and that was one action that showed that he was indeed regretful of the incident.