Kyle Jamieson handed fine, demerit point after wayward throw at Faheem Ashraf

New Zealand

The incident occurred during Pakistan’s first innings at Mount Maunganui

Kyle Jamieson will part with 25% of his match fee and has been docked one demerit point after he threw the ball towards Faheem Ashraf on the third day of New Zealand’s first Test against Pakistan. The act fell foul of Article 2.9 of the ICC’s code of conduct, which deals with the inappropriate or dangerous throwing of the ball at or near other players.

In the 75th over of the second innings, Ashraf drove a ball back to Jamieson, who collected it and threw it back at the batsman. Ashraf was well away from the stumps when Jamieson disposed off the ball, and had displayed no intention of taking a run.

The on-field umpires and the third umpire levelled the charges, with Jamieson accepting the offence and the sanction proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe. This is his first offence in a 24-month period. If a player accumulates four demerit points in that time, they are converted into suspension points, which lead to a ban.

Jamieson has had a promising start to his international career, quickly becoming a vital part of New Zealand’s pace bowling attack. He was primarily responsible for Pakistan’s go-slow in that first innings with his nagging, consistent line; before tea, he had conceded just nine runs in 17 overs. A partnership between Ashraf and Mohammad Rizwan frustrated New Zealand in the third session, with Jamieson’s offence coming two balls after Rizwan cut him away for four as his line began to drift. Ashraf helped Pakistan avoid the follow-on, top-scoring for his side with 91.

New Zealand entered the final day needing seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead, with Pakistan requiring an improbable 302 more runs for victory.

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