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Hafeez becomes first batsman to be given out for obstructing field during Durban ODI

Johannesburg, Mar 22: Pakistan opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez became the first batsman ever to be given out for obstructing the field under the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules during the fourth one-day against South Africa in Durban on Thursday.

Hafeez''s body blocked a throw by South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers as the batsman ran to the non-striker''s end in the fourth ODI at Kingsmead, Sport24 reports.

Hafeez was judged to have changed the course of his run to prevent a run out and was given out according to a rule introduced by the International Cricket Council in 2011, it reported. Hafeez, yet to score, angrily ripped off his gloves when TV umpire Billy Bowden made the decision after an appeal by the South Africans, the paper said. Previously, batsmen were allowed to change their course as they ran between ends to put themselves between a throw and the stumps, but that was outlawed two years ago.

The opener was the first batsman in international cricket to be dismissed under the new rule, a cricketing website said, and just the fifth in the history of test and one-day internationals to be given out under the general obstructing the field law, the paper added. England''s Len Hutton was out obstructing the field during a test against South Africa in 1951, still the only test cricketer to be dismissed in that way. Two other Pakistan players, Rameez Raja and Inzamam-ul-Haq, and India''s Mohinder Amarnath are the only other players to go for obstructing the field in ODIs, it concluded.

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