Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi expressed his displeasure over the new rule which tells the on-field umpires not to hold the bowler’s cap, sweater or sunglass while bowling due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Afridi, who is playing for Multan Sultans in the ongoing Pakistan Super League, was livid on Tuesday night when, during their match against Peshawar Zalmi, the umpires refused to take his cap when he came on to bowl.
Having said that, the veteran all-rounder on Wednesday took to Twitter and tagged the International Cricket Council (ICC) in his tweet to raise his concern over the same issue.
“Dear ICC wondering why the umpires are not allowed to hold the bowler’s cap even though they are in the same bubble as the players and management and even shake hands at the end of the game?” Shahid Afridi wrote on Twitter.
Afridi, however, isn’t the first player to complain about the same as some other players have also expressed surprise over the ICC rule which is being enforced because of the pandemic.
Ever since cricket limped back to normalcy last summer, the apex body has barred players from handing over caps, towels, sunglasses and jumpers to the umpires, leaving bowlers with no choice but to hand over their caps to the fielders.
As per ICC’s playing guidelines, the council ruled that there would neither be loo breaks during training nor will players be allowed to hand over their caps or sunglasses to on-field umpires.
“Players and umpires should maintain social distancing on the cricket field and that includes no handing over of player items (cap, towels, sunglasses, jumpers) to the umpire or teammates,” the guideline states.
As far as the PSL is concerned, Peshawar defeated Multan by 6 wickets on Tuesday, following Tom Kohlor-Cadmore’s brilliant 32-ball 53. Currently, Karachi Kings are taking on Islamabad United at the National Stadium.