Bridgetown/New Delhi: Temperamental fast bowler Tino Best and former Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik were involved in an ugly altercation with the two players nearly coming to blows at the Kensington Oval in a T20 match during a Caribbean Premier League match. And Indian tennis star Sania Mirza jumped to her husband's defence tweeted that she wished Shoaib had hit Tino.
Both players have been fined for their spat. While Best was fined 60 percent of his match fee, Shoaib has been fined half his match fee for the incident during a CPL 2014 match between Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Zouks on Wednesday.
Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik
There were reports of another incident which took place at the team hotel between two players from the opposing sides. However, CPL tried to downplay the incident. Though online social media was abuzz with reports of a scuffle, the CPL on Thursday said that the incident had been "minor".
“There was a further incident which took place after the match at the players’ hotel. While this is being investigated currently, the CPL management can confirm that the incident was minor and no one was injured,” the statement said.
The initial showdown between Best and Shoaib, however, came after the West Indian pacer was put to the sword by Dwayne Smith, who made an unbeaten 110, and the Pakistani right-hander who stroked 49.
Shoaib struck the Barbadian pacer for two successive boundaries in the 15th over of the innings before being bowled, leading to some physical contact between the two players and an exchange of words.
Best was subsequently charged 10 percent of his match fee for bringing the game into the disrepute and conduct contrary to the spirit of the game, and hit with another 50 percent for "using language or a gesture(s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player".
Shoaib, meanwhile, was charged under a Level Two offence for “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players.”
Both players pleaded guilty to the charges.
Sania, meanwhile, made no reservations in showing support for husband. Sania tweeted that she wished Shoaib had hit Tino. Mirza, who has been recently made brand ambassador of the newly-formed Telangana state, stated on her Twitter page, "Racial abusing on a cricket field?disgusting.i knw @realshoaibmalik didn't hit him but how I wish he would hav! #tinobest #idiot (sic)."