Umar Akmal Fined For Code Of Conduct Breach

	Umar Akmal Fined For Code Of Conduct Breach
Umar Akmal Fined For Code Of Conduct Breach
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Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been fined 50 percent of his match fee following a serious breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.

Akmal pleaded guilty to a Level 2 breach relating to "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game" during his side's 16-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the semi-final in Colombo.

During the 17th over of Pakistan's innings, Akmal ignored the request of on-field umpires Simon Taufel and Rod Tucker by changing his batting gloves.

"Respect for the umpires is integral and is something which we always emphasise and encourage," match referee Jeff Crowe said.

"In this incident, Umar showed blatant disregard to both the umpires’ requests, which was offensive and unacceptable from an international cricketer and contrary to our unique spirit, hence a level two charge was laid.

"Umar, when pleading guilty, apologised and regretted his action."

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