Pakistan’s Umar Akmal was found not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s ICC Champions Trophy semifinal against New Zealand at The Wanderers on Saturday. Simon Taufel (Australia) has apologized to Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal for their faulty lbw out decision.

In a hearing conducted by Match Referee Javagal Srinath on Sunday, the middle-order batsman pleaded not guilty to breaching Level 1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision.” The incident took place in the 41st over of Pakistan’s innings when Umar was given out leg-before to left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori. Srinath said, “Umar’s reaction at being dismissed at such a crucial phase of the innings in the all-important match of a global tournament was more of a disappointment than anything else.

Having been in such situations in the past, I understand how a player reacts or can express himself but I don’t think there was anything other than disappointment in this incident,” said Srinath. All the umpires including field umpires Simon Taufel (Australia) and Ian Gould (England), Pakistani Coach Intikhab Alam and Umar Akmal were also present during the meeting. The charge was brought by the umpires.