The drama in HBL PSL 7 continues as Quetta Gladiator’s Sohail Tanvir and Peshawar Zalmi’s Ben Cutting exchanges middle-finger gestures on-field during the match.
Zalmi’s Ben Cutting showed Sohail Tanvir a middle figure gesture with both hands after he hit him three sixes in the 19th over of the first innings. The tensions escalated between the players of the opposite teams. However, umpires intervened to control the situation.
Later in the last over, Naseem Shah took the wicket of Ben Cutting after Tanvir caught his catch. Upon taking his catch, Tanvir also showed a Cutting middle finger gesture. The exchange of offensive gestures between the two players baffled the cricket fans. The drama between the two players dates back to 2018 during the Caribbean Premier League. It was a similar situation, Ben Cutting hit the pacer a maximum before being bowled out on a Yorker. While Ben Cutting was returning to the pavilion, Sohail Tanvir showed him a middle finger gesture unprovoked.
Cutting did not forget his gesture and he waited for the moment to return the gesture. Both the cricketers have not been fined for breaching the HBL PSL 7 code of conduct. Players had violated Article 2.5 of the PSL Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel according to the statement released by Pakistan Cricket Board.
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“Such type of inappropriate gestures have no space in this great sport. The players need to always understand and remember their on and off-the-field responsibilities as they are role models and behavior like this sends out a wrong message to the younger generation of cricketers. The HBL PSL 2022 is being played in good, positive spirits and I would like to see the players continue to fight hard inside the field of play but at the same time to remain within the parameters of the spirit of the game,” said the match referee Ali Naqvi while issuing his statement.