Quentin de Cock did not intend to deceive Fakhar Zaman, when he was runout: Match Officials

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In the second ODI between Pakistan and South Africa, when the batsman was run out, Quentin de Cock did not intend to deceive Fakhar Zaman. This is the conclusion that the match official has drawn after watching the footage of the match on Sunday. In which Zaman was dismissed for 193 in the last over, and Pakistan was 30 runs away from victory.

Fakhar Zaman was running for the second run, and De Cock was called the feilder to the “bowler’s end”. But Fakhar Zaman was run out at the Strikers’ end with a direct throw from Adam Markram from the long off.

During the post-match meeting, when match officials regularly discuss the game, match officials revisited the run-out and studied all the clips. So they were happy that De Cock had said the “boiler’s end” when the first run was completed.

Although the law states that “it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball,” de Kock’s actions were not deemed to have been a trick, with officials satisfied that he was indicating for the throw to go to the bowler’s end even as it came in at his end. Tabraiz Shamsi tweeted that de Kock was calling for a fielder to back up the throw at the non-striker’s end.

In the immediate aftermath of the game, Zaman agreed with that assessment and said it was his “own fault,” that he slowed down in completing the second run, because he looked back to see whether his partner, Haris Rauf, was safe. South Africa’s captain Temba Bavuma called de Kock’s actions “clever,” and said, “I don’t think he broke the rules in any kind of way.”

It is believed that the Pakistani administration spoke to Andy Pycraft shortly after the incident and drew his attention to the relevant law. But it is believed that this was not an official complaint but a reminder of the law that there is a law that must be enforced.

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Bulletin Observer Sports

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