Pakistani bowler Hasan Ali was at the center of the controversy after claiming a catch, even though he apparently lost the ball in the opening game against Kent. The tourists comfortably hit the county side by 100 runs after amassing 358 on Saturday in their 50 overs for seven. Kent was 176: 3 in the 30th round when Alex Blake (89) made a jumpback on Ali who was bowling.
On Monday, video footage showed that the sailor seemed to bring the catch to the ground. But Ali resumed his celebration when the ball was on the floor and the batsman was not given a reprieve by the referee. The cricket law states that a catch is only completed when “a fielder has complete control over the ball and its own movement”.
The image of the Pakistani cricket was damaged by a spot fixing controversy that crashed in 2010 their England tour, with three players had locked the game. Pakistan announced on Monday that veteran batsman Shoaib Malik has returned home to deal with a personal problem, but is expected to return to the team in 10 days.
“The PCB will not comment further and expects everyone to respect the privacy of Shoaib,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement. Pakistan play a single game of Twenty20 and five one-match internationals against England before the start of the World Cup at the end of May.