Dean Jones clarifies, reveals identity of Karachi Kings member using mobile during PSL match
Pakistan’s T20 league, Pakistan Super League, attracted controversy after a member of PSL franchise Karachi Kings was found using a mobile phone during a match in the dugout. In the PSL match between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi, a member of Karachi Kings was spotted using his mobile phone, which is prohibited during official matches as per ICC rules. Dean Jones, the head coach of Karachi Kings came out to issue a clarification on the same.
Jones said the photo which went viral on social media was of Tariq Wasi, the CEO of the Karachi Kings.
Jones further added that a manager or CEO is allowed to use mobile phones during a match and he was actually scheduling next day’s practice session. “Like in ALL T20 cricket. The manager/CEO is the only one allowed to have a phone. In this case Tariq.. our CEO is doing work. Here he is organizing us Practice times for today. Thanks for your concern,” wrote Dean Jones in his tweet.
Meanwhile, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said Wasim is the assistant manager Karachi Kings and they have already issued a clarification on the issue.
“There was no issue yesterday. Tariq Wasim is the team manager for Karachi Kings and, as such, entitled to use phone in the PMOA as per the anti-corruption code,” a PCB official was quoted as saying by IANS. “The little confusion was created after the team sheet had someone else’s name as the team manager. The gentleman was actually an assistant manager. This was subsequently clarified and explained to the media who covered yesterday’s match. This is no more an issue in the PSL 2020.”
The incident was criticized widely on social media. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, former India Aakash Chopra too took to twitter to express amazement at the incident. “This is so wrong using a mobile phone in the dugout,” tweeted Akhtar.
Karachi Kings ended up winning the match 10 runs as Babar Azam and Imad Wasim scored important fifties.