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Umar Akmal has been punished for snubbing both umpires when he decided it was time to change his batting gloves in Pakistan’s World Twenty20 semi-final defeat against Sri Lanka.

Umar admitted a level two breach of the International Cricket Council code at the Premadasa Stadium last night - for “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”. He was accordingly fined 50% of his match fee.

The batsman changed his gloves in the 17th over of Pakistan’s innings having ignored umpires Rod Tucker and Simon Taufel’s request not to do so at that stage.

ICC match referee Jeff Crowe said: “Respect for the umpires is integral and is something we always emphasise and encourage.

“In this incident, Umar showed blatant disregard to both the umpires’ requests - which was offensive and unacceptable from an international cricketer and contrary to our unique spirit.”

Pakistan lost by 16 runs in Colombo as hosts Sri Lanka progressed through to the final.

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