In my role as the Pakistan captain, I would say that the appeal from the Indian fielders was against the spirit of cricket.When he writes about an unsportsmanlike appeal, I think he was implying that he expected the Indian fielders to ask the umpire "Sir, is that out?" rather than "Howizaaaaaat?".
The Indian fielders appealed when the Peshawar match was in a crucial state. I would not have imagined that Rahul Dravid and his team would do such a thing. I am not bothered about my dismissal but an appeal made in an unsportsmanlike manner by the visiting team can have an adverse affect on the relations between the two opponents.
I have surely asserted on my boys not to make much of the Peshawar incident, however, in my personal opinion the appeal was not made in a sporting manner. Instead, it just might have left a bad taste in the mouth.
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