Miandad urges young cricketers to control their temper

Karachi, Jan 18 (PTI) Pakistan''s former Test captainJaved Miandad had a word of advice for the next generation ofcricketers after a bitter final match of the Quaid-e-AzamTrophy, which was marked by war of words with the matchreferee having fined four players from both the teams.

"Players need to contain their emotions and frustrationson the field. They must never let their emotions get thebetter of them on the field. Sportsmen are supposed to havehigher levels of tolerance and patience," Miandad said afterthe two finalist teams -- Habib Bank and PIA complained ofbiased umpiring, besides accusing each other of balltampering.

Match referee Anwar Khan, a former Test pacer, fined fourplayers and docked the two teams for slow over-rates in thefinal, the maiden first class game held under lights with aorange colored ball over five days of pulsating cricket.

In a match overshadowed by players showing open dissentto umpiring decisions and players on both sides abusing andclashing with each other, Habib Bank beat PIA by five wicketsat the national stadium.

The referee fined PIA players Fahad Iqbal and KamranSajid Rs 15,000 rupees each and also banned the former for twoone-day matches for showing dissent and misbehaving with theumpire.

The airlines left-arm pacer Najaf Shah was also fined Rs15,000 for tampering with the ball, an act caught on camera.

Habib Bank''s opener Shan Masood was also slapped with aRs 8000 fine for contesting the umpire''s decision.

PIA was fined Rs 77,000 for slow over rates and thebankers Rs 33,000.

"Players must understand that you get both bad and gooddecisions from umpires. Sometimes luck favors a player andsometimes it doesn''t. He must accept both the decisions,"Miandad, who was chief guest at the final match, said.

The former Test captain who is now Director General ofthe PCB also said that players must learn to control theirtempers and emotions on the field.

"There is a proper system for captains and coaches tolodge their reservations or protests over an umpiringdecision. But players cannot be allowed to take things intheir hands.

"Cricket is followed by thousands in Pakistan and dissentby players does not send out positive messages for the buddingcricketers," he noted.

Sources said that both PIA and Habib Bank teamsmanagement had lodged written protests with the match refereeover the sub-standard umpiring by Zameer Haider, who is on theICC international panel of umpires and Test umpire Riazuddin.

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