Sarfraz Ahmed Lashes Out At Ross Taylor For His Unsportsmanlike Actions On The Field

With one action, Ross Taylor just made the Pakistan vs New Zealand ODI series a whole lot interesting

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was livid with Ross Taylor for questioning Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling action openly. Taylor signalled to the umpire that he thought Hafeez had been ‘chucking’ the ball, and that caught everyone’s attention. A furious Sarfraz had an animated chat with the umpires to protest Taylor’s ‘unsportsmanlike’ behaviour.

The incident happened during the first ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in UAE on November 7. Taylor alleged that the right-arm off-spinner chucked the ball a few times.

Here’s the video of the delivery and what followed after:

Here’s what Sarfraz had to say about the whole incident in the post-match press conference,

“I want to say that Ross Taylor’s action was not sound. It’s not his place to signal like that which was visible on TV. It was disgraceful for me. I think his work is to bat. It would be better if he focuses on his batting. That’s what I complained to the umpire that his action is unsportsmanlike.”

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Taylor’s actions on the field:

But he scored a half-century

Actually, he can.

We see what you did there

This fan is hurt

Whoa! Whoa! Slow down.

And then this happened

However, Taylor had the last laugh as he top-scored with 80 runs off 112 deliveries contributing to his team’s win by 47 runs.

The 38-year-old’s bowling action has been suspended by International Cricket Council (ICC) thrice in the past. This might not be a good sign for him as he nears the end of his career. Despite the way Taylor reacted to the situation, it was still a valid question that needed to be addressed.

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