A strange passage of play briefly left Peshawar Zalmi fielding with ten men during PSL 2021’s second tie against Islamabad United on Tuesday, after his pacemaker Mohammad Irfan left the field due to injury.
Haider Ali, the substitute sent by Zalmi, was asked by the referees to leave the field, who were apparently not convinced that Irfan was injured, leaving Zalmi knocked down by a man.
In the eleventh over of United innings, Irfan, who was casting the last over of his spell, fell after his penultimate delivery. After a delay, he got back up to complete the turn, but fell back to the ground. During the 12th year, Irfan was taken off limits for treatment, and Ali replaced him.
However, at the end of the 12th round, launched by Amad Butt, Aleem Dar, the outfield referee, pointed out that Ali should not be allowed to field, causing another long delay.
After a hiatus in play, with Irfan still receiving treatment, Ali also went off the field, meaning Zalmi had to throw the 14th and 15th overs without Irfan or a substitute fielder.
Finally, at the beginning of the 16, after a conversation between Dar, the captain of Zalmi, Wahab Riaz, and Shoaib Malik, also of the Zalmi, the team was allowed to bring in another substitute, Khalid Usman, who was taking the field.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the delay was due to the referees wanting to make sure Irfan’s injury was genuine, and when they received a confirmation of the same from the paramedics on the ground, they allowed the substitution.
During a timeout in United’s entrances, Irfan’s teammate Butt suggested that the pacemaker injury was just a case of cramps.