The Pakistan Super League witnessed a bit of the physical aspect of the sport -- one that is not tolerated -- when two Pakistan teammates -- Wahab Riaz and Ahmed Shehzad -- got involved in a fracas, forcing the other players and umpires to intervene.
The incident occurred during the all-important match between table toppers Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday. The ugly incident took place in the fifth over of the match, when Quetta batsman Shehzad was cleverly bowled by Peshawar's Riaz, who was hit for a mammoth six over midwicket the previous ball.
Riaz, after dismissing the player for 21 runs, celebrated, staring at the batsman's face and Shehzad also stared back. A few things were said between the two players, before it started to get physical. Things could have turned ugly, had Asad Shafiq, the Quetta opener, not pulled his teammate. Other players on the field had to come in between the players and Peshawar skipper Afridi tried his best to cool down his star bowler.
Even when Shehzad was heading back to the pavilion, he was staring at Riaz and saying a few things to the bowler.
As a result of the clash, the match referee fined both the players. As reported by Daily Pakistan, 40% and 30% of the match fees will be deducted from Riaz and Shezhad respectively.
However, this incident bagged headlines in a match, which witnessed some quality cricket. Peshawar, who won the match by eight wickets, are tied on points with Quetta with 10 points. Things have become fairly interesting in the PSL with just three matches to go before the Playoff stage.
The PSL has been a huge success so far, but such kind of incidents also brings the competition into the limelight for the wrong reasons.