Pak captain hits out at Taylor’s gesture

Pak captain hits out at Taylor’s gesture

Ross Taylor gestures with a bent arm questioning Hafeez’s action

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has slammed New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for making a “disgraceful” throwing gesture when facing the bowling of veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez during the one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Taylor appeared to query the bowling of part-time off-spinner Hafeez whose action has been deemed illegal by the ICC several times in recent years.

Sarfraz had a heated exchange with Taylor and the on-field umpires as New Zealand, fired by a hat-trick by returning paceman Trent Boult, won the series-opener by 47 runs.

“I will say that Taylor’s action was not correct,” Sarfraz said. “It’s not his job to give (the) action which was shown on TV. It was disgraceful, for me. “His job is to do batting and if he concentrates on that, it’s better. I complained to umpires that his action did not come under sportsmanship.

“Ross is a professional cricketer and he should not have done that. He did it two or three times - it’s (the) umpires’ job,” Safraz added.

Brief scores: New Zealand: 266/9 in 50 overs (Ross Taylor 80, Tom Latham 68; Shaheen Afridi 4-46, Shadab Khan 4-38) bt Pakistan: 219 all out in 47.2 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 64, Imad Wasim 50; Trent Boult 3-54, Lockie Ferguson 3-36).