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Naseem Shah’s Stumps-Kicking Act Costs him 10% Match Fee, Multan Sultans Also Fined

Islamabad United fast bowler Naseem Shah and Multan Sultans team were both slapped with fines by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for violating the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) code of conduct during their high-scoring encounter at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Naseem Shah, who is playing for Islamabad United in the ongoing PSL 9, was charged with abusing cricket equipment after he kicked the stumps in anger at the end of Multan Sultans’ innings, which saw them pile up 228 for four in 20 overs.

The 21-year-old pacer, who conceded 31 runs in his four overs and took one wicket, admitted his offence and accepted the sanction of 10% of his match fee imposed by match referee Roshan Mahanama. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Muhammad Asif.

Multan Sultans, on the other hand, were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the match. They were found to be one over short of their target after taking into account the time allowances. As per the PSL code of conduct, each player of the offending team was fined 10% of his match fee.

The fines did not affect the outcome of the match, which was decided on the last ball, as Islamabad United chased down the mammoth target with three wickets in hand. Colin Munro (84 off 40 balls) and Shadab Khan (54 off 31 balls) starred with the bat for Islamabad, while Imad Wasim hit the winning boundary off Abbas Afridi.

With the thrilling win, Islamabad United secured their spot in the playoffs as the second-placed team in the points table, behind Multan Sultans. Multan Sultans, who have won six out of their nine matches, are currently first and will face Quetta Gladiators in their last league game on Tuesday.

The PSL 9 is entering its final phase, with the remaining matches to be played in Karachi and Rawalpindi. The final will be held on March 25 at the National Stadium in Karachi.

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