CPL 2018: Sohail Tanvir makes inappropriate gesture, gets fined
Time and again, cricketers have toed the fine line between aggression and indecency with their on-field gestures.
Updated - Aug 11, 2018 10:51 am
Cricket is not without conflicts, be it on or off the field. Time and again, cricketers have toed the fine line between aggression and indecency with their on-field gestures. This time around, it was Sohail Tanvir who was fined in the ongoing edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for making an inappropriate gesture.
The match where the unforeseen incident happened was being held between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on August 10 (Friday). Ben Cutting was the man on the receiving end of the brutal send-off from Tanvir after being dismissed. Amazon Warriors, eventually, won the game by six wickets.
Tanvir dishes out an abusive send-off
The 17th over the Patriots’ innings saw Tanvir bowling in with immense intensity with Cutting at the crease. At a personal score of 15 runs, Cutting tried to play a delivery off the Pakistani speedster on the leg-side. However, Tanvir cleverly came up with a toe-crunching yorker to dismiss the batsman in the very same ball.
What happened next is something puritans of the game would shudder to even think of. As Cutting walked off the field, Sohail Tanvir raised both his middle fingers in a jubilant manner, to give a vulgar send-off to the batsman. Soon after, the pacer was charged a 15% fine for his action. An official release from the CPL noted that the bowler has admitted to a breach of the code of conduct of the tournament and a penalty has been handed by the match referee, Denavon Hayles.
Here’s a video of what happened
#CPL2018 Sohail Tanvir bowls Ben Cutting after being hit for a six the previous delivery, then gives him the double finger!! Shocker! Has to be some sanction from that..kids watching. That said appears anything goes these days pic.twitter.com/vMLpUEdVdb
— Lukesters (@Lukesters) August 9, 2018
The match, in itself, was full of action and thrills with Chris Gayle being the star performer of the game. Playing for the Patriots, he smashed 86 runs off 65 balls, but failed to muster a big score for his team due to lack of effort from the other batsmen. Faced with a paltry total of 147 runs, the Amazon Warriors cruised to victory with more than three overs to spare, riding on the back of an unbeaten 79-run innings from Shimron Hetmyer.