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Rehman’s bizarre bowling figures

Mirpur: Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman was barred from bowling after he delivered three high full tosses on the trot, which left him with bizarre figures of 0-0-8-0, a record he would hate to look at, in Tuesday’s Asia Cup match against Bangladesh, here, at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Rehman failed to deliver even one legal ball as umpire Johan Cloete asked for the left-armer to be taken off the attack, after the latter bowled three full tosses above waist height.

Rehman, who came in as a replacement for pacer Junaid Khan, was brought on in the 11th over. The first ball slipped out of his hand and went way up and wide to be ruled no-ball. What followed was another full toss outside off-stump, which Imrul Kayes slapped straight to deep mid-wicket. But again, it was too high and ruled no-ball.

His third delivery turned out to be the final one, being a beamer in all sense of the word, slapped to the mid-wicket boundary by Anamul Haque. As expected, he was taken off the attack immediately.

Rehman was then replaced Fawad Alam.

According to the ICC’s playing conditions for ODIs, a bowler will be barred from bowling if he delivers more than one full toss above the waist.

“Any delivery, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is deemed unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker,” states Law 42.6(b).

Earlier in the competition, Varun Aaron was barred from bowling any further in the India versus Bangladesh tie, having bowled two waist-high deliveries. In fact, the second time he bowled a waist-high full toss hit Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim under his right arm. He was taken off the attack, conceding 74 runs in 7.5 overs.