PCB responds over media reports of ball tempering allegations in the PSL Match

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PCB responds over media reports of ball tempering allegations in the PSL Match

ISLAMABAD - Peshawar Zalmi will have no case to answer for alleged ball-tampering during their game link against Quetta Gladiators, after the PCB confirmed that Quetta had failed to formally make a complaint. Quetta captain Sarfaraz Ahmed link claim they had reported what they perceived as ball-tampering by Peshawar has been refuted by the PCB, who in a press release stated Quetta had not filed the complaint through the "correctly stated procedure".

Following the conclusion of the match between Quetta and Peshawar on Saturday, Sarfaraz said his side believed Peshawar had altered the condition of the ball, and they were taking the matter up with the match referee and the PCB. "As far as ball-tampering is concerned, we have followed the protocols of [the] PCB and submitted our report on the matter," he said. Team manager Nabeel Hashmi, who was with Sarfaraz at the press conference, appeared to clarify the comment, suggesting a formal complaint had not been made.

The procedure to file a formal complaint was never followed though. Quetta wrote their complaint on the match evaluation form, which is not the platform to lodge formal complaints. Instead, the PCB pointed out, "all Reports must be completed on Form "Rep 1" (or such other form as may be made available for such purpose by the PSL from time to time). All Reports must be signed and dated by the person lodging the Report."

That needed to be done within 48 hours of the conclusion of the game, which Peshawar won by six wickets. With that time having now lapsed, the window of opportunity available to Quetta to make a complaint has closed.

"The Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed match referee Roshan Mahanama has not received an official complaint from Quetta Gladiators against Peshawar Zalmi for changing the condition of the ball..." the PCB media release said.

The PCB made clear they will not recognise Sarfaraz's public comments as an official complaint, and were not happy with the manner in which Quetta had handled the matter.

"We are aware that a statement on changing the condition of the ball has been made without providing any concrete evidence or lodging a formal complaint through the correctly stated procedure," Wasim Khan, the PCB CEO, said. - ESPNCricketInfo

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