'Chucking' controversy erupts in New Zealand-Pakistan one-dayer

Not since Darrel Hair no-balled Murali at the MCG has cricket witnessed a ‘chucking’ controversy quite like this.

Ross Taylor has enraged Pakistan after levelling a stunning accusation at Mohammed Hafeez as New Zealand won their ODI clash on Wednesday.

Hafeez was bowling to Taylor during the first innings in Abu Dhabi when the Kiwi star made a ‘chucking’ gesture towards umpires.

Taylor appeared to be accusing Hafeez (who has been banned from bowling three times throughout his career for an illegal action) of throwing, rather than bowling.

Ross Taylor infuriated Pakistan. Image: PTV Sports

Taylor motioned multiple times to umpires with his right arm bent at about 90 degrees, infuriating Pakistan.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed exchanged some angry words with Taylor, before also complaining to umpires.

The officials later spoke to Taylor, and allowed Hafeez to keep bowling.

Pakistan fans were also livid, taking to social media to slam Taylor’s accusation.

Sarfraz was still fuming in the post-match press conference, labelling Taylor’s actions ‘disgraceful’.

“Ross Taylor‘s actions were wrong and it’s not his job to do that,” he reportedly said.

“The way he motioned the action on television was disgraceful.

“I don’t think that’s his job, his job is to bat. It’s better if he focuses on his batting.”

Ross Taylor in action. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Hafeez’s bowling action was first reported by match officials in 2005, then another three times in the last four years.

He was suspended in 2014, returned to bowling in April 2015, but was then banned for a whole year after being reported again.

He was banned from bowling again in October 2017 before being given the all-clear in April after undergoing coaching to change his action.

Boult sinks Pakistan with stunning hat-trick

Fast bowler Trent Boult became the third New Zealander to record a hat-trick in a one-day international as the Black Caps beat Pakistan by 47 runs.

Boult (3-54) nailed Pakistan’s top order with the wickets of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez off successive deliveries after New Zealand posted a decent 9-266.

Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) shared a century-stand and gave their team a chance before New Zealand bowled them out for 219 in 47.2 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

with AAP