Mohammad Sami loses salary for two matches
Karachi: Discarded Pakistan pacer Mohammad Sami has ended up losing remuneration of two matches for being involved in a brawl with teammate and off-spinner Atif Maqbool during a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match.
The Karachi City Cricket Association, after a meeting of its disciplinary committee, found Sami who plays for Karachi Whites, guilty.
During their match in Rawalpindi, the pacer literally came to blows with Maqbool on the ground and then carried the altercation to the team hotel.
“We have found no evidence that Sami was involved in a brawl after getting drunk. He has been fined for violating the code for players despite being the captain of the Karachi team,” said KCCA president Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari.
While Sami has been handed a two-match fine, Maqbool was fined with a one-match fee. The team manager and coach were also fined for failing to control the players.
Sami, 29, who has played 35 Tests and 83 one-day internationals, said he accepted the fine but was glad that it had become clear that he was not drunk during the brawl.
“It was wrong for me as captain and senior player to fight with a teammate but I was upset with reports that I was drunk when the incident happened. Thankfully that is now clear,” Sami said.