Craig Overton: Ashar Zaidi wants apology for alleged slur

Craig Overton
Somerset fast bowler Craig Overton took 43 wickets in 11 County Championship matches last season

Pakistan-born ex-Sussex player Ashar Zaidi says Somerset's Craig Overton should apologise after allegedly swearing at him during a match.

Overton, who allegedly also told 34-year-old Zaidi to "get back to your own country", received a two-game ban.

Zaidi did not hear the alleged comments which were reported by non-striker Michael Vardy and umpire Alex Wharf.

Overton has denied the claims but Zaidi said: "For the sake of the game he should apologise to me."

Somerset have said the player, along with the county's officials, had written an apology to Sussexexternal-link and it was accepted.

The 21-year-old, who has been part of England's one-day squad and came close to selection for the winter Test tour to South Africa, was found guilty of a level one offence for abusive language.

It was Overton's third offence of the season and took him to over nine penalty points, meaning an automatic two-game suspension was imposed.

What is a level one breach?
A level one breach is using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or making an obscene gesture. It carries a three-point penalty.

However, Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale received a four-match suspension for a similar offence in 2014. Gale was also stopped from lifting the Championship trophy.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have defended their handling of the case.

"I am not in a position to say whether he was treated leniently but I am sure he could have had a harsher punishment," Zaidi told the Daily Telegraph.external-link

Zaidi was released by Sussex at the end of the season.

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