As per the match officials of the second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan in Johannesburg on Sunday, Quinton de Kock is not guilty of dismissing Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman with deception. Consequently, he is unlikely to face any charges for breaching Law 41.5.1 on fake fielding, as per reports.
According to the law, “it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball.” However, the officials found de Kock sorting to no such actions that can be labelled as foul play in case of Fakhar Zaman’s run-out.
The match officials assessed the footage of the runout of Zaman in the final overs of Pakistan’s innings that sparked controversy among cricket fans. The officials inferred that de Kock’s gesture, that many deem as deception to get Zaman dismissed, was pointed towards the bowler’s end.
At that time, Zaman was trying to take the second run when Aiden Markram threw a direct hit to dismiss Zaman, who was at 193 at that point and nearing his second ODI double ton.
Quinton de Kock’s cheeky smile after the dismissal of Fakhar zaman became the point of argument against the South African wicketkeeper’s “crafty” runout. Pakistani supporters and many others, who found the dismissal unfair, quoted that gesture as proof of his trickery.
Earlier, Fakhar Zaman himself admitted that it was his own fault that he got out. In a video posted by Cricket South Africa, he said, “Fault was mine as I was busy looking out for Haris Rauf.”