Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has opined on the controversial run-out of Fakhar Zaman featuring Quinton de Kock during the second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday (April 4).
The incident took place during the first ball of the 50th over in Johannesburg when De Kock’s “fake fielding” act ended Zaman’s incredible innings to 193 as Pakistan fell 17-run short of their target of 342 against South Africa in the second ODI on Sunday.
With the 30-year-old in line to hit his second ODI double ton, Proteas keeper attempted to distract or deceive the Pakistan batsman by seemingly suggesting the ball was going towards the non-striker end which prompted him to slow down and eventually ran out by Markram on April 4.
The incident sparked a lot of debate among the fans and cricket experts on social media with many believed De Kock violated the “spirit of cricket” while some saying he didn’t break any law or cheat.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Kaneria said De Kock did not break any rules, but he was “street-smart in making bully of Fakhar Zaman” while reading out the three MCC laws to the viewers.
He said, “Quinton de Kock ran up to the stumps and gestured the bowler Lungi Ngidi, who was standing at the other end, to catch the ball. Zaman turned back to see whether Haris Rauf was going to make it safely. In the entire process, he got bullied and he got out, and also failed to make his 200.”
The former pacer further explained, “Basically, in this incident, no ICC rules were broken. I believe this what a street-smart cricketer does. We have seen it in the past when players have bullied the other players to get them out. I believe Quinton de Kock was too smart in making bully of Fakhar Zaman and enjoyed getting him run-out.”
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