Monday Apr 05, 2021
Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman has taken responsibility for his run-out in the second one-day international (ODI) against South Africa, saying it was not Quinton de Kock’s fault, ESPNcricinfo reported.
The 30-year-old’s dismissal sparked a debate on social media as TV replays showed that his run-out was a result of a deliberate ‘fake fielding’ attempt by the Proteas wicket-keeper de Kock.
Fakhar was just seven runs short of scoring a double-ton when a throw by Aiden Markram from long on forced him back to pavilion. He had slowed down his running after de Kock had pointed for the ball to be thrown towards the other batsman’s end.
"The fault was mine as I was too busy looking out for Haris Rauf at the other end as I felt he'd started off a little late from his crease, so I thought he was in trouble,” the left-hander said.
“The rest is up to the match referee, but I don't think it's Quinton's fault," he added.
According to International Cricket Council’s (ICC) laws and regulations, no willful and deliberate deception and distraction is allowed. The law 41.5.1 states that "it is unfair for any fielder willfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball".
Fakhar was awarded Man of the Match for scoring 193 runs off 155 balls - highest ever by any batsman in ODIs run chases.