Umar Akmal fined

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Umar Akmal has been fined for a level two ICC code breach
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Umar Akmal has been fined for a level two ICC code breach

Umar Akmal has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for snubbing both umpires when he decided it was time to change his batting gloves in Pakistan's World Twenty20 semi-final defeat against Sri Lanka.

Umar admitted a level two breach of the International Cricket Council code at the Premadasa Stadium on Thursday night - for "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game".

He changed his gloves in the 17th over of Pakistan's innings having ignored umpires Rod Tucker and Simon Taufel's request not to do so at that stage.

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

"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."

Pakistan lost by 16 runs in Colombo as hosts Sri Lanka progressed through to the final.

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