Tahir reprimanded for wicket celebration

Imran Tahir (Gallo Images)
Imran Tahir (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas spinner Imran Tahir has been reprimanded for displaying a personal message without seeking prior approval from his home cricketing authority as well as the International Cricket Council (ICC).

During last Sunday's second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers, Tahir lifted up his shirt to display an image after picking up the wicket of Sri Lanka's Asela Gunaratne.

According to ESPNCricinfo, Tahir displayed an image of the late Pakistani pop-star and religious preacher Junaid Jamshed.

Jamshed died in a plane crash en route to Islamabad on December 7, 2016.

According to the ICC's website, this contravenes Section G1 of the ICC Clothing and Equipment Rules and Regulations, which states:

"Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment ("Personal Messages") unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s Board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department. Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes."

Tahir admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by the ICC and, as such, there was no need for a formal adjudication.

Image: Gallo

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