Controversies never leave Pakistan cricket. Two days after veteran Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal was suspended under Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code, yet another issue has erupted as a man carrying mobile phone was spotted in the Karachi Kings dugout during a Pakistan Super League game.
Since the PSL and Pakistan cricketers’ past have been marred by spot fixing, doubts were raised as soon as the stadium giant screen flashed a person in the Karachi Kings’ colours, speaking on mobile phone in the team dugout.
Since the anti-corruption code in cricket bans use of mobile phones in team dressing rooms or dugouts during the matches, the person in the Kings’ dugout raised suspicion about his conduct.
Pakistan Cricket Board were yet to issue a clarification on the issue.
However, Karachi Kings head coach Dean Jones has issued a clarification from his official twitter handle Dean Jones AM @ProfDeaon. “Like in ALL T20 cricket. The manager/CEO is the only one allowed to have a phone. In this case Tariq.. our CEO is doing work. Here he is organising us Practice times for today. Thanks for your concern,” stated the former Australian international.
Like in ALL T20 cricket. The manager/CEO is the only one allowed to have a phone. In this case Tariq.. our CEO is doing work. Here he is organising us Practice times for today. Thanks for your concern. https://t.co/UORGtmMlro
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) February 22, 2020
It is clarified that the phone in the dugout was not used by any player or the support staff member, and the man flashed out the Karachi National Stadium digital screen was the home team chief executive Tariq.
It still remains to be confirmed if the person speaking on mobile phone in the dugout was Tariq or someone else.
Shoaib Akhtar has also ridiculed the incident.
Karachi Kings had won their high scoring match against Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs. After putting on 201 for four on the board, the Kings had stopped Zalmi for 191 for seven on Friday.