Miandad urges young cricketers to control their temper

Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 14:06 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan’s former Test captain Javed Miandad had a word of advice for the next generation of cricketers after a bitter final match of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which was marked by war of words with the match referee having fined four players from both the teams.

“Players need to contain their emotions and frustrations on the field. They must never let their emotions get the better of them on the field. Sportsmen are supposed to have higher levels of tolerance and patience,” Miandad said after the two finalist teams -- Habib Bank and PIA complained of biased umpiring, besides accusing each other of ball tampering.

Match referee Anwar Khan, a former Test pacer, fined four players and docked the two teams for slow over-rates in the final, the maiden first class game held under lights with an orange colored ball over five days of pulsating cricket.

In a match overshadowed by players showing open dissent to umpiring decisions and players on both sides abusing and clashing with each other, Habib Bank beat PIA by five wickets at the national stadium.

The referee fined PIA players Fahad Iqbal and Kamran Sajid Rs 15,000 rupees each and also banned the former for two one-day matches for showing dissent and misbehaving with the umpire.

The airlines left-arm pacer Najaf Shah was also fined Rs 15,000 for tampering with the ball, an act caught on camera.

Habib Bank’s opener Shan Masood was also slapped with a Rs 8000 fine for contesting the umpire’s decision.

PIA was fined Rs 77,000 for slow over rates and the bankers Rs 33,000.

“Players must understand that you get both bad and good decisions from umpires. Sometimes luck favors a player and sometimes it doesn’t. He must accept both the decisions,” Miandad, who was chief guest at the final match, said.

The former Test captain who is now Director General of the PCB also said that players must learn to control their tempers and emotions on the field.

“There is a proper system for captains and coaches to lodge their reservations or protests over an umpiring decision. But players cannot be allowed to take things in
their hands.”

“Cricket is followed by thousands in Pakistan and dissent by players does not send out positive messages for the budding cricketers,” he noted.

Sources said that both PIA and Habib Bank teams management had lodged written protests with the match referee over the sub-standard umpiring by Zameer Haider, who is on the ICC international panel of umpires and Test umpire Riazuddin.