Quetta Gladiators’ left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir has apologised for the offensive behaviour with Quetta’s batter Ben Cutting during the Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) match at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Tuesday.
In a video message posted on Instagram, Tanvir said: “This could have been avoided and what happened was not good,” he said, addressing the heated encounter between the two players last night.
Cutting punished Tanvir in the penultimate over as he smashed 27 runs by hitting four sixes, a single, and a double.
And then, Cutting showed an offensive hand gesture to Tanvir. This led to an argument between the two. The on-field umpire intervened and dispersed them.
But right in the next over, Naseem Shah bowled and Cutting smashed it but Tanvir was the third man, so he took the catch. After taking his catch, Tanvir also used the obscene hand gesture (showing his middle finger).
Shedding light on the history behind the aggression between the two players against each other, he said that this case has been going on since 2018.
It is pertinent to mention here that during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Tanvir had shown a finger gesture to Cutting after taking his wicket.
Tanvir, however, mentioned that he had apologised to Cutting back then.
“Last night, Cutting hit two sixes and showed the finger gesture,” he said, adding that then the two exchanged heated words and then “I also showed him the finger.”
Tanvir emphasised: “I repeat that this should not have happened, it could have been avoided.”
Both the cricketers were fined for their wrongdoing and both accepted the offence imposed on them.
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