WATCH: Jason Roy and Wahab Riaz at loggerheads after Roy reportedly accuses Riaz of ball tampering in PSL 2020

Dixit Bhargav
|Published February 24, 2020

Jason Roy and Wahab Riaz at loggerheads: Gladiators’ batsman and Zalmi’s fast bowler were involved in a heated exchange in Karachi.

During the fourth match of the ongoing fifth season of the Pakistan Super League between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi in Karachi, Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators on the back of veteran wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal’s fifth T20 century.

However, the match has started to gain the limelight for news afar from the 38-year old player’s match-winning knock.

It is reported that Quetta opening batsman Jason Roy accused Peshawar fast bowler Wahab Riaz of ball tampering. It is said that the same happened during the 18th over of the match when Riaz bowled Gladiators’ Azam Khan (5).

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“[Jason] Roy asked Wahab [Riaz] whether he had made the ball properly to gain reverse swing. The Pakistani pacer reacted angrily and argued before Sarfaraz [Ahmed] intervened to diffuse the situation,” a source said.

It is worth mentioning that Gladiators opened up on the condition of the ball getting changed in their match report. However, they haven’t named any player in their report.

“They basically said in the report that the cricket board and match officials should keep a close watch on the condition of the ball,” the source added.

Jason Roy and Wahab Riaz at loggerheads in PSL 2020

Ahmed, who intervened when Roy and Riaz were at loggerheads in the middle, laid emphasis on not blowing things “out of proportion”. “Look these things happen in cricket when there is intense competition between the players,” Ahmed opined.

After their confrontation during the innings, Roy and Riaz were also involved in an animated conversation while returning back to the field. While Roy remained unbeaten throughout the innings after scoring 73* (57), Riaz registered bowling figures of 4-0-21-2.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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