Don’t take on officials, rivals: Inzi

Thursday, May 24, 2007

KARACHI: Concerned about Pakistani players getting frequent reprimands for their on-field conduct, former skipper Inzamam-ul Haq has advised his teammates to avoid getting into skirmishes with match officials and rival cricketers.

Referring to the reprimand issued to pacer Mohammad Asif during the recent one-day series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, Inzamam said players should be very cautious in their behaviour on the field.

“Nowadays, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is very strict about
enforcing its Code of Conduct. And players, specially the senior ones, should
avoid getting into minor skirmishes on the field as if they are suspended or
banned it hurts them and the team in future matches,”

Inzamam said

.“We suffered because of this in the World Cup when Shahid Afridi was
unavailable for two crucial games. I myself have been banned a number of times
in the past and it didn’t do the team any good. The players must show patience
and tolerance on the field,”

he added.

Asif had rushed at Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene after bowling him out in the second match of the just-concluded one-day series on Sunday.

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