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).
“[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.
— Ameen Uddin (@AmeenUd65705980) February 22, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— InSwinging Yorker (@AbhiCricTweets) February 22, 2020
Wahab Riaz and Jason Roy got into a heated argument during the game.
— Pakistan Chronicle (@PakChronicle_) February 24, 2020
What a Shameful Act by Wahab Riaz towards Jason Roy. You People Call them From Foreign Countries to play in Pakistan and at the other moment, you misbehave with them. Its not Sportsmenship and Not a part of Game.#PCB should take action of it.#S_R_K pic.twitter.com/bzqpdmNEdY
— AhmadMustafa (@AhmadMu68422205) February 22, 2020
We condemned to the behaviour of Wahab Riaz with Legend Foreign Crickter Jason Roy And our Captain Sarfraz Ahmad ..
R U agree????????
— Yousuf Sher (@YousufSher2) February 23, 2020
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