Fans and players have reacted with shock and anger after one of the most unsavoury acts of poor sportsmanship in years.
Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting was playing in the Caribbean Premier League on Friday when he received a double finger salute after being dismissed by Pakistani bowler Sohail Tanvir.
Tanvir was caught on camera raising the middle finger of both his hands in Cutting’s direction after clean-bowling him.
The Pakistani appeared to be upset that Cutting hit him for six on his previous delivery.
Fellow Aussie batsman Chris Lynn reacted with anger after seeing the incident.
Fans were also shocked by Tanvir’s disrespectful act.
Sohail Tanvir gives Ben Cutting a double middle-finger salute after bowling him with a yorker for 15. He'll probably be getting to meet match referee Denavon Hayles after the match. Patriots 119/3 in the 17th. pic.twitter.com/2tnzak0wmJ
— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) August 9, 2018
I just can’t believe Sohail Tanvir just showed middle fingers to B. Cutting after bowling him out which I think is just ridiculous! #CPL18
— کاشف🇵🇰 (@Apassionateguy) August 9, 2018
@CPL @amznwarriors Sohail Tanvir is to be fined for that obscene gesture made to Ben Cutting on his dismissal during Twenty20 between Patriots vs Amazon Warriors. We all need to remember kids are watching worldwide & that form of behaviour is totally unacceptable in the game!!
— 🇯🇲Brenda🇯🇲 (@poohbeargranny) August 9, 2018
Sohail Tanvir that was absolutely unnecessary 😑😑
— tubz (@rwpexpress14) August 9, 2018
Woaahhhh @CPL, you can't be letting Sohail Tanvir get away with that sendoff! Totally against the spirit.
— Russ Clarke (@RussellHClarke) August 9, 2018
Did you see Tanvir double bird-flip Cutting after he bowled him? Not exactly the spirit of cricket.
— Tim Lowell (@timlowell) August 10, 2018
Lmaoooo Tanvir disrespectful 😂😂😂
— Pun Gent (@bsalz_9) August 9, 2018
Cutting made 15 off 14 balls playing for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the T20 tournament.
Tanvir is sure to come in for some sort of sanction, with the ICC cracking down on unsavoury send-offs in recent years.
It’s not the first unsportsmanlike act in cricket of late
A club bowler in England who denied an opponent a century with a ‘pathetic’ act of poor sportsmanship has copped a huge ban.
The unnamed English bowler who threw the ball to the boundary to concede five runs, leaving batsman Jay Darrell not out on 98, has been banned from the Somerset Cricket League for nine games.
The SCL released a statement detailing their response to the recent incident which occurred between Minehead and Purnell.
“The Somerset Cricket League has noted the details of an incident that occurred in the Division 2 match between Minehead 2nd XI v Purnells CC, played on 4th August 2018,” the statement read.
“The SCL Disciplinary Committee has reviewed the incident. The incident in its opinion brought the SCL and Cricket in general into disrepute and contained behaviour that was against the Spirit of the Game.
“As a result of this review, a Purnells CC player has been banned for the next 9 completed SCL matches.”
The incident earned the attention of cricket fans around the world, who were outraged by the act of poor sportsmanship, in a sport that prides itself on its good ethics.
Iv played & seen a lot of cricket in my time and Iv never seen anything like that before @MineheadCricket 2s. A young lad on for his first league 💯 and the bowler throws in over the ropes 🙈 and then laughs about it. Credit to his team they were just as disgusted.
— Roo Woodward (@razziabou) August 4, 2018
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 4, 2018
Not nice to see. But more to the point, a great innings and a great win. Respect to the @purnellcc captain who apologised to the batsman on behalf of his bowler. But some things just can't be undone 🙁 https://t.co/Sqip8nEQRz
— MineheadCricketClub (@MineheadCricket) August 4, 2018
Our 1st XI were well beaten today by @MineheadCricket. The unsavoury scenes to end the game can’t be condoned & both the Captain & the player made full & sincere apologies to those involved after the game. The incident will be dealt with internally by the Club.
— Purnell Cricket Club (@purnellcc) August 4, 2018