SA v PAK 2021: "Not cheating, but also not in a good spirit," Shoaib Akhtar on De Kock's run-out of Fakhar

Fakhar Zaman was run-out on 193 by Quinton de Kock in the second ODI.

South Africa celebrating Fakhar Zaman's run-out | GETTY

South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock tricked Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman in the second ODI which resulted in the latter's run-out. De Kock's 'fake fielding' attempt was criticized by former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar.

Akhtar felt De Kock's action was against the spirit of cricket. Fakhar was close to a double hundred when he got run-out in the last over of Pakistan's chase. He returned with 193 runs off 155 deliveries which included 18 fours and 10 sixes in a 342-run chase.

The 45-year-old took to Twitter and ran a poll to know the opinion of cricket fans on the matter. 56.4% of the 48,592 votes were against De Kock's fake fielding which resulted in Fakhar's wicket.

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Akhtar mentioned another incident that went against Pakistan and wrote, "And not to forget those 5 penalty runs Pakistan has been denied. The ball had clearly hit the hat on that dropped catch of Fakhar Zaman."

In his match review, the ex-Pakistan cricketer expressed his disappointment over the run-out and said it was against the fake fielding rule and wasn't in the right spirit, although he didn't call it cheating.

The incident happened on the first delivery of the 50th over when Zaman played the delivery towards cover and was quick to complete a single. He went for another run but couldn't reach in time at the wicket-keeper's end as Aiden Markram's accurate throw got him out.

De Kock at the wicket-keeper's end made Zaman believe that the ball is not coming at him and the distraction cost him his wicket. In the end, Pakistan lost the match by 17 runs.


By Sihyeu Singh - 05 Apr, 2021

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