Guyana Amazon Warriors man Sohail Tanvir has been issued a hefty fine for an obsence gesture during his team's match-up against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
The left-arm pacer has been ordered to pay 15% of his match fee of the Caribbean Premier League game.
The incident occurred during the 17th over of the Patriots' innings, when Tanvir dismissed Australian Ben Cutting with a yorker that crashed into the middle stump.
As Cutting began walking back, Tanvir showed him a double-middle finger, with Cutting's back turned to him.
One ball before the dismissal, Tanvir had been dispatched for a six over long-on by Cutting, which probably explains, but doesn't justify, Tanvir's actions.
The fine issued by match referee Denavon Hayles during the 17th over of the innings was accepted by Tanvir, who still went out as victor on the day as the Guyana Amazon Warriors went home with a comfortable four-wicket win in the contest.
The Multan Sultans pacer was the highest wicket-taker in the CPL’s previous season and was retained by the Warriors.
You can watch the incident in the video below, and it's also very clear to see what cricket fans think of Tanvir's obscene gesture.
Unsurprising that so many fans aren't impressed.
Gestures such as this should have no place in the game and to sanction fines is an ideal way to deal with the problem so no other outbursts will be made in the future.
Despite any tensions between the two teams, from a spectator's standpoint, the match itself was a thrilling one, as the Guyana Amazon Warriors made a sizable comeback to end up winning the game comfortably.
It should be interesting to see how Tanvir will react in the future knowing that large fines will be easily tacked on for any other disciplinary misconduct in the sport from now on.
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