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Fakhar Zaman’s runout: Was De Kock guilty of fake fielding?

Wicketkeeper’s gesture in second ODI started debate on social media

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 5, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 week ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 5, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 week ago
Fakhar Zaman’s runout: Was De Kock guilty of fake fielding?

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South Africa’s wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is in the news for all the wrong reasons after his gesture during Fakhar Zaman’s run-out in the second ODI against Pakistan on Sunday started a debate on social media.

In the final over of the match when the Men-in-Green needed 31 runs to clinch an unlikely victory, the wicketkeeper gestured Aiden Markram to throw to the bowler’s end which led Fakhar to slow down and was left surprised when the ball hit the stumps at the batsman’s end where he was clearly short.

The replay caused confusion in the mind of the viewers where some claimed that De Kock was guilty of fake fielding which is against the International Cricket Council (ICC) laws whereas some believed that the argument has no ground.

The ICC law stated that:

41.5: Deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of batsman

41.5.1 In addition to 41.4, it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball.

41.5.2 It is for either one of the umpires to decide whether any distraction, deception or obstruction is wilful or not.

41.5.3 If either umpire considers that a fielder has caused or attempted to cause such a distraction, deception or obstruction, he/she shall immediately call and signal Dead ball and inform the other umpire of the reason for the call.

41.5.4 Neither batsman shall be dismissed from that delivery.

So far, there has been no clarification from the ICC regarding the event. Zaman, while talking to the media in the post-match talk, took the responsibility for the dismissal.

“I was looking at Haris Rauf because I thought the run-out would be at his end,” he said. “It was my own fault.”

Some reports on social media suggested that Pakistan team management has asked for clarification from the match referee regarding the incident.

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